Oct. 20, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian reacts in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Arizona defeated Washington 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Football: Why Firing Sark Would Be Foolish


With the loss to Arizona, the calls to fire Coach Steve Sarkisian in the middle of the season have just started up. I understand the sentiment. The team has lost three straight, and stands at 3-4 with a game against top-10 Oregon State coming up next week. The team is in a bit of a crisis at the moment, and it’s frustrating to watch. Looking at his body of work as the head coach of the Huskies, Sark’s tenure can’t be called a success. Everything has always been predicated on the idea that he took a broken program and had turned it in the right direction. But now, in the middle of his fourth season, that is, in my opinion, no longer a valid way to evaluate things. These are Sark’s player, it is his program, and it is his responsibility to win games and improve.

Oct. 20, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian (left) talks with Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez prior to the game at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

After two straight seven win seasons, it’s looking like Washington may struggle to reach that number this year. So, it is fair to begin discussing whether or not Sark is the man to take this team back to winning Rose Bowls. It’s a conversations worth having. But, I believe that it is not realistic to call for his firing right now, in the middle of the season. Why?

Well, it wouldn’t do any good at all. I see no scenario in which replacing Sark with an interim coach somehow turns things around. Unless we see a complete and utter collapse in which the players are no longer listening to what the coaching staff has to say, and the team is losing to very bad teams, like Utah or Colorado, I just think it’s a pointless thing to do in the middle of the season. If, at the end of of 5-7 or 6-6 season, it is decided that Sark probably isn’t the coach to guide this team back to the top, that’s a whole different story. It’s a scenario that can be handled at the end of the year, when we actually know where the team stands.

But right now, when you consider that Washington’s loss to Arizona yesterday was the only loss to a team not ranked in the top-10 at some point this year, it seems more than a little rash to try and pull the trigger on a coaching change. It is frustrating to have to wait and see, but right now, that’s really the only reasonable option.

Of course, that’s just my opinion. Feel free to comment with your own opinion below. Just please keep things civil and respectful. As always, thanks for reading.

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  • http://twitter.com/Nick6Harris Nick harris

    You cant expect a coach to come in and get great recruits immediately especially after taking over a team that was bad. Give him time. A new stadium will help next year. The talent is growing and the wins will come. Believe in Sarks system. In Sark We Trust.

  • GoJoeBruinUCLA

    It seems like there’s a silent rule that says new coaches must get their team a 10-win season within four years. When fans see “Year 4: not 10 wins” they want the person gone.

    UCLA fans wanted Rick gone midseason but their rationale was that they could get to looking for a 2012 head coach earlier and get better candidates (namely Larry Fedora and Mike Leach). Does that work? I have no idea.

  • Obsidian71

    Sark is a million dollar per year coach. The UW has one of the highest paid coaching staffs in the Pac-12. Do you honestly think that a 22-22 record is ok after 4 years? That getting blown out in games by 50+ pts is going to keep Sark employed? Sark is 4-15 on the road. Next year better be a fantastic year for the UW football program or there will be another coach enjoying that 250 million dollar stadium overhaul.

  • http://twitter.com/MCWayne22 Marshall Cherrington

    I agree. If he doesn’t improve significantly next year, then I think all these arguments saying that he should be fired will be justified. No excuse to do poorly next year in a new stadium, with a senior quarterback, and in your fifth year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrianKennemer Brian Kennemer

    People are WAY too quick to demand a firing. Sark came in after YEARS of bad coaching and terrible recruiting. Do we really expect him to fix it in 4 years? It took several bad coaches more than 4 years to blow it up, why would it take only 4 to fix it? The first class Sark had a full hand in are only Juniors now, right? Give him some time.