Stanford Cardinal Head Coach David Shaw Takes Shots Back at Steve Sarkisian

By Tyler Brett
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The drama between the Washington Huskies and Stanford Cardinal couldn’t be contained the field, apparently. After an exciting and dramatic 31-28 for the defending Pac 12 champions at home on a controversial reversal late in the game, Steve Sarkisian had plenty to say about the way the game ended. He railed against the replay official before turning his ire on Stanford, accusing the Cardinal of faking injuries on defense to slow down the Washington offense. Today, David Shaw responded and he politely disagrees with Sark’s assessment of the game (minus the polite part).

Shaw opened up his conference call with media this week by going after Sarkisian for calling out his team for faking injuries. The two-time Pac 12 Coach of the Year didn’t take kindly to being called a cheater:

“We don’t fake injuries. We never have. We never will…I don’t care what Steve Sarkisian thinks he saw.

“…the only assistant that fakes injuries is at UW.”

If Shaw had ended his time with a mic drop, it would have been the most perfect feud promo in college football history.

He went on to say that Sarkisian’s handling of the situation was “unprofessional” and blasted him during the call saying that when Washington beat Stanford in 2012, Shaw didn’t make excuses and blame officials. It’s safe to say that this is the most fire we’ve seen between Pac 12 coaches since Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll were asking “What’s your deal?”

This conversation is far from over it seems and the effects of their Week 6 showdown will apparently reverberate far beyond their impact on the Pac 12 North standings. You can bet this bad blood will feed into next season’s matchup in Seattle and give this sudden rivalry plenty of fire.

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