Oct 5, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian stands on the field during a timeout against the Stanford Cardinal in the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian says Stanford faked injuries against Washington

Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian was irked after his team played the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, and it wasn’t just because the Huskies lost 31-28. According to Sarkisian, a couple of Stanford players faked injuries in an effort to slow down the fast-paced Washington offense.

Said Sark:

Their defensive-line coach (former UW assistant Randy Hart) was telling them to sit down. I guess that’s how we play here at Stanford, so we’ll have to prepare for that next time. At some point, we’ll get repaid for it. That never serves a purpose for us, and we’ll never do that (Sports Press NW).

A couple of Stanford players, including star linebacker Shayne Skov, responded to the accusations. Skov said he just “needed a moment” after taking a big hit, and senior defensive end Ben Gardner told the Huskies to “stay classy.”

Concern over feigned injuries isn’t exactly misguided — some teams do fake injuries, and some players have come out and admitted as much — but the culture of paranoia it produces is damaging. Crowds should never boo an injured player because they assume he’s faking. The boos and catcalls accomplish nothing besides risking the potential of being extremely classless if said player is actually hurt. Without looking at the video, it is hard to say if Stanford defenders were guilty or not. Still, it’s better to error on the side of caution than to come across as heartless.

[Source: Sports Press NW]

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  • Michael Waters

    Here’s an idea. If the player is on the turf writhing, give him the benefit of the doubt, but make him stay out three or four plays to, uh, make sure he’s OK. That way, IF the guy is faking it (which is lousy sportsmanship of course), he’s pays a price of being out. If he’s not faking it, then fine, and I wish him the best.

    IN any event, wait to SEE if he’s injured or not, and if he’s been shown to have been faking it, give him hell.

  • Michael Waters

    But lets be serious, those guys appeared to be faking it. Of course, they’re not about to confess.

    Their “recoveries” were mighty quick and seemingly miraculous. So, in this case, no one was remotely heartless.

    I get point that in the future there could be situations in which a crowd actually would end up heartless they disbelieve a player who IS injured. To me, that’s more argument for making sure this fakery is stopped. It detracts from the integrity of the game.