Huskies say they would be in favor of NFL-style injury reports
Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Scott Woodward say they would favor a consistent approach by the Pac-12 for reporting injuries.
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Washington athletic director Scott Woodward and football coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday they would strongly support a conference-wide injury reporting policy in the Pac-12.
Washington last week became one of the latest schools to announce it would no longer discuss injuries, saying that because other schools withhold that information the Huskies would be at a competitive disadvantage.
On the heels of UW's decision and a similar controversy at USC, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday he wanted to bring the issue for discussion among the conference's athletic directors at a scheduled meeting early next month.
Woodward said after he heard Scott's comments that he called the commissioner and "applauded him about putting forth a great idea."
Scott indicated one idea that could be considered would be something similar to the NFL's policy of listing players during the week as out, doubtful, questionable, probable, etc.
Woodward said he thinks something along the lines of what the NFL does would work.
"That's a model that is tried and true," he said. "Could it be improved on? Absolutely, but I don't want to re-create the wheel and come up with something that is novel because that is going to take some time. So I would be very comfortable with what the NFL does."
Sarkisian said during his regular Monday meeting with the media that he would also be in favor of some sort of uniform policy on reporting injuries.
"First thing came to mind, I'm all for it," he said. "If we standardized the mechanism for updating the injury report, that puts everyone on the same level. It would be the best thing.
"... Everybody will try to find a loophole, but at least it forces your hand to do something. It puts everybody under the same rules and regulations rather it be nothing, which is where we are today. ... I'd be in favor of something that puts an umbrella on something that says these are the guidelines."
Sarkisian said he intends to keep his program as open as possible, including having some practices open to the media each week. Woodward said that's his "preference" as well.
"I'll back my coach with what he wants to do," said Woodward. "But my personal preference is to have open practices. I like doing that. But I am not going to do it at the expense of our football team. I'm not going to allow that to happen. ...
"(Being open) works for us, it's the University of Washington, it's Seattle, we like to be open. That's who we are, that's what we want to be. But we are not going to do it at the expense of our team, and if our coaches feel like it puts us at a competitive disadvantage, then we are going to have to get some rules of engagement."
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