SEATTLE — The open-door, come-one-come-all policy that Steve Sarkisian brought to the University of Washington when he became head football coach three-plus years ago is officially a thing of the past.
Sarkisian, who used to open practices to the public, is now trying to limit what information comes out of the daily sessions by prohibiting reporters to write about injuries and participation. The school announced the new policy Wednesday, when Sarkisian said that injury news no longer would be a part of his question-and-answer sessions.
“It’s just a competitive disadvantage for us, when other teams don’t and we do,” he said. “So that’s going to be the road we take.”
One day earlier, internet rumors surfaced that starting guard Colin Tanigawa had re-injured the right knee that ended his 2011 season prematurely and required offseason surgery. Tanigawa’s status is now off limits for reporters, according to the guidelines spelled out by Sarkisian and the UW football program Wednesday.
“As a condition of entry to UW football practices, all visitors and members of the media are hereforth prohibited from reporting on strategy or injury-related news observed during practices,” UW director of athletic communications Jeff Bechtold said in a press release.
Sarkisian has been mostly open about injuries during his time at UW but has been known to mislead reporters on occasion. The team has suffered a rash of injuries this year, particularly on the offensive line, and Sarkisian has decided to go the tight-lipped route in regards to that part of the football program.
What Sarkisian would say Wednesday was that he hopes to have settled on a starting offensive line by the end of today’s practice. Stanwood High School product Dexter Charles, a redshirt freshman, could figure into the mix, but if anyone wants to know where he — or anyone else — was working Wednesday afternoon, well, they’ll just have to wait until Saturday.