Steve Sarkisian Backtracks And Blames Media After Blasting Reggie Bush

University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian had some strong words for former USC tailback Reggie Bush but now he's reversing course.

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Steve Sarkisian Reverses Course On Reggie Bush Comments

Screeeeeeeetch.

University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is backtracking completely from his negative comments about Reggie Bush. Sarkisian said Bush “looks like an idiot” for not apologizing when he forfeited his Heisman Trophy last week.

Earlier we noted that Sarkisian claimed he had made the comments during an off-the-record production meeting.

Now, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Sarkisian can’t say enough nice things about Bush.

“For me, I really respect Reggie Bush. I loved having him as a player at USC. My point to all of that was, whatever happened with Reggie Bush off the field with himself or his family was not the reason why we were the No. 1 team in America, and was not the reason why he won the Heisman Trophy. We prepared better than anybody, we practiced better than anybody, and we played better than anybody — more consistently for an extended period of time. That was my point to it. If he did something wrong, give the Heisman back. If he didn’t do something wrong, keep it.”

Sarkisian said he had contacted Bush to explain the circumstances.

Sarkisian comes off looking like the “idiot” here. He looks as unprepared to handle a major story with national implications as Jake Locker looked under center against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

On the plus side: perfect time for a bye week.

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Steve Sarkisian Didn't Know Reggie Bush Comment Was On The Record

Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian attempted to clarify his comments regarding Reggie Bush after Washingtons 56-21 loss to Nebraska at Husky Stadium today.

The AP’s Tim Booth reports Sarkisian thought his comments during a production meeting with ESPN were off the record (via the Tacoma News Tribune).

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said Saturday his comments to an ESPN reporter about Reggie Bush giving back the Heisman Trophy came during a production meeting that he believed was not for print.
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“It was a conversation – part of a conversation – where there were quotes on both sides. It’s unfortunate,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a great learning lesson for me about what things get said around media, they’re live.”

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Steve Sarkisian Blasts Reggie Bush: 'He Just Looks Like An Idiot Again'

ESPN.com reports that University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian, who was formerly an assistant coach at the University of Southern California, has some strong words for fomer USC standout tailback Reggie Bush, who recently decided to forfeit a Heisman Trophy he won after accepting illegal gifts while a student-athlete.

"He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian told ESPN's Shelley Smith. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again."

"No matter how much money he got paid, that didn't affect how we prepared," Sarkisian told Smith. "We weren't the best team in football because of what he or his parents took."

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