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Stanford coach shrugs off injury-faking claim

Stanford football coach David Shaw lashed out at Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday during the weekly Pac-12 coaches conference call, saying the Cardinal didn't fake injuries in Saturday night's 31-28 win over Washington.

Shaw asked to make a statement at the start of the call and said in part, "We don't fake injuries. We never have and never will. I don't care what Steve Sarkisian thinks he saw."

Shaw said he believed Sarkisian's comments, calling out longtime former Washington assistant and current Stanford aide Randy Hart, were "unprofessional."

The Stanford coach noted that it was Washington assistant Tosh Lupoi — without mentioning him by name — who once admitted having California players fake injuries against Oregon when he was on the Bears' staff.

"That's not calling anybody out, that's just stating a fact. It's been proven, it's been admitted," Shaw said.

Sarkisian, whose turn on the teleconference came about an hour later, said he was unaware of Shaw's specific comments. and added, "We saw what we saw. We'll leave it at that."

Both coaches responded with "No comment" on whether they had spoken privately on the incident. Sarkisian, pressed on whether members of his staff saw Hart signaling players to feign injuries, said, "I'm done with the subject."

Shaw also expressed annoyance at Sarkisian's displeasure with the replay decision that overturned a Washington catch late in the game and essentially assured the victory for Stanford. He said it took away from "two unbelievable performances" by Stanford's Ty Montgomery and Washington quarterback Keith Price.

He clicked off Stanford's accomplishments in recent years, including two victories in three BCS-bowl appearances, mentioned a 100-percent graduation rate and said the Cardinal program "is one of the most respected in the country. I'm not gonna put that on the line just to beat Washington.

"They beat us (last year), I handled it, our coaches handled it, we congratulated Washington. We didn't talk about the officiating, we didn't talk about anything else Washington did. We took it and moved on."


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