Before the season began, Steve Sarkisian started preaching to his Washington players that distractions would not be a viable excuse for any shortcomings. On Monday, the distractions were about Sarkisian immediately being linked to the USC vacancy after the weekend firing of Lane Kiffin.
Sarkisian said that instead of dancing around the rumors, he addressed the situation head on during a team meeting on Monday morning. While he said he wouldn't comment about "hypothetical scenarios," he said this week provides a chance to prove the 15th-ranked Huskies won't be distracted heading into Saturday's showdown at No. 5 Stanford.
October 1, 2013/AP