Faking Injuries, David Shaw, Steve Sarkisian And You

  • Rick Chandler

All I see in this Stanford-Washington faking injuries tumult is a new budding rivalry. Is David Shaw vs. Steve Sarkisian the new Harbaugh-Carroll? One can only hope. Following Stanford’s 31-28 win over the Huskies on Saturday, Washington head coach Sarkisian accused the Cardinal of faking injuries. In a Pac-12 conference call today, Stanford’s Shaw blasted back — a rare move for a college coach before all that press. A rare move by both coaches, actually.

Leave it to the Stanford Tree to get to the essence of it all:

Shaw is not amused by the accusation.

Here’s what Sarkasian originally said.

“Their defensive line coach (former Washington assistant Randy Hart) was telling them to sit down,” Sarkisian said. “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.”

Reaction to the reaction is always the best part of stories like this.

Here’s the thing about faking injuries: it’s so hard to prove. Even if the evidence seems clearcut, as in the video above, who’s to say that the player wasn’t really hurt? I played football in high school, and got the wind knocked out of me on nearly every third play. You lay on the field for a bit and then when you can breathe again you trot off. If I were Sarkasian I would have brought it up to Shaw in private — this public bashing isn’t good for anyone.

Photo: Getty Images.