Washington will play at Washington State on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That has meant a different schedule this week but Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian isn't complaining.
The decision to play the Apple Cup the day after Thanksgiving has drawn plenty of conversation.
One person who won’t bother much with debating the merits of that move, however, is Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. When asked if he wanted to offer his opinion Monday, Sarkisian said, “I don’t know what I get out of doing that.”
“It’s control what you can control, and I can control what we do, the way we practice, the way we prepare and I guess what we wear,” he said. “I can’t control what time we play, where we play, who the officials are. I can’t control that stuff. And so I try not to waste too much time or my energy.”
The Apple Cup has traditionally been played on Saturday. But like a lot else related to college football these days, the game was placed on Friday to help satisfy the Pac-12’s new TV contract, which will pay the conference an estimated $3 billion over 12 years. It will be nationally televised by Fox.
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Teams have to agree to play a few non-Saturday games each season, and the move of the game was approved a year ago. WSU had long resisted moving the game to the weekend after Thanksgiving because school is not in session, and some wonder how attendance will be impacted. However, WSU reported Monday that all but 850 tickets have been sold.
The short week will also require changes to UW’s usual schedule. In particular, UW will not be in pads as much.
And the teams will also have to fit their practice time around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sarkisian said the Huskies will practice at UW on Thursday, and then have a Thanksgiving dinner on campus before flying to Pullman.
“We’ll have a walk-through here Thursday, we’ll get all cleaned up, put on our sweaters and ties and have our Thanksgiving meal actually right up here before we go to Pullman,” he said.
ASJ named Mackey finalist
Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named Monday as one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in the country.
The others are Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame and Zach Ertz of Stanford.
The winner will be announced on the annual College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on Dec. 6.
Huskies hope Trufant returns
Washington senior cornerback Desmond Trufant sat out Saturday’s Colorado game with a lingering hamstring injury that dates to the win at California on Nov. 2.
Sarkisian said Monday he is “hopeful” Trufant will be ready for the Apple Cup.
“He has not been cleared to play yet, but we’re hopeful we get him back,” he said.
• UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox‘s name has been bandied about as a possible candidate for various head coaching jobs that might come open, though there are no reports linking him to any specific job.
“If you believe what you read on the Internet, you are probably getting some bad information,” Wilcox said. “There is nothing to think about or talk about.”