Commentary: ‘Fire Sark’ fans should wait until end of season

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SEATTLE — But we start by putting our spotlight on the current Husky football coach, Steve Sarkisian, who’s a week removed from some fans calling for his firing.  I bring it up tonight, because I’m curious how many of those same fans would stick to their guns and say the same thing after a blowout win over Cal last night.

“Fire Sark” or “fire any coach” is obviously a more trendy idea after an embarrassing loss, and tends to fade away after a solid win. It’s likely that the uproar from the “fire Sark” crowd will be temporarily muted for the next couple weeks, with an upcoming home win over Colorado almost guaranteed.

steve sarkisianI understand that for most of the “fire Sark” crowd, it’s not a knee-jerk reaction. It was a result of frustration from repeated mid-season mediocrity, from five straight seasons with at least a three-game losing streak, and the possibility of another 7-win season.

To them I say, let the season play out first. And if the Dawgs finish with seven wins again, then maybe it’s time for a change.  But the way I see it? We’re eight games into the year, and the Huskies have played just one real clunker at a really poor time.

What if that clunker had come at Stanford instead, a game they lost anyway, any they had beat Arizona State? Then the Dawgs would be 6-2, without a three-game losing streak and the “fire Sark” crowd would be an even smaller minority.

You can call me a Sark apologist, but I’m willing to give him until the end of the year before making any rash decisions. Outside of the Arizona State game, I’ve seen enough improvement across the board in terms of talent, aggression and attitude to give Sark the benefit of the doubt.

It’s my opinion that Sark’s progressed the program far enough in four and a half years to give him a four or five-game litmus test at the end of this season before making a call. After all, the Huskies have had four straight top-25 recruiting classes, two of them in the top 15. The transformation hasn’t come fast enough for some, but it’s my belief that they’re still closer than they’ve ever been before.

Nick Holt was obvious. With him, we never saw improvement. We never saw the light. But Sark still has time, and a few big games down the stretch to show he still belongs on Montlake, and can leave the legacy he strives for at the University of Washington.


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  • jecornel

    Uh, Cal is the worst team in America. I am still saying he should be fired. 7 road wins in 4.5 years, 8 50 pt losses, Tyrone only had 5. Any average coach could come into Washington and win 7 games a year, and UW is the most penalized team in America and the special teams is horrific.

    How are you seeing the light with Sark? He hired Holt! Sark's offense is terrible in the red zone and look at the o-line for the next three years it is a mess.

    The media puts this guy on a pedestal, he hasn't done anything except make a ton of money!

  • Sandy Hooker

    Glad to see you are OK with mediocre.

    We need to set the bar much higher, and have expectations that 7-6 should be the low point of a coaching stint. The expectation is to complete year in year out for a conference championship. Programs like tOSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, USC won't accept mediocrity, why should we?

    Ty was a terrible coach and did not have 0-12 talent. Look at how many from the 2008 team are in the NFL right now. Sark inherited good players, and has recruited some decent ones, but fails to coach them up. And he is terrible in getting the quality O- and D-line recruits.

    Sark should have been fired the moment Furney's field goal went through the uprights at the end of the 2012 apple cup.

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