Washington QB Troy Williams calls Steve Sarkisian a fake

Troy-Williams-WashingtonAny time a head coach leaves a school to take another job, there are always going to be players who feel cheated. Now that Steve Sarkisian has chosen to leave Washington to accept the head coaching job at USC, quarterback Troy Williams is one of those players.

Williams attended Los Angeles football powerhouse Narbonne, where he was twice named City Section player of the year, before he attending Washington. He committed to Sarkisian and the Huskies early and stuck to his word, despite other top programs like UCLA continuing to recruit him. And now, the promising freshman feels betrayed.

Williams deleted his original tweet. From Sarkisian’s standpoint, there is really no avoiding situations like this. If every coach who told a star player that they were not leaving a school actually never left, coaches would never leave programs. Does it suck for a player who showed loyalty to a particular coach? Very much so, but it’s simply an unfortunate part of major NCAA athletics.

Related: Justin Wilcox, Tosh Lupoi reportedly going to USC with Sarkisian

H/T Trey Wingo

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  • AC Tesla

    I have no problem with coaches leaving a school, but there is something very wrong with abandoning a team between the end of the regular season and their bowl game. These kids work very hard for the opportunity to play in a bowl game. But the turmoil and craziness that surrounds their abandonment by coaches chasing the almighty dollar is an insult to these athletes.

    The firing of Lane Kiffin and the subsequent hiring of Steve Sarkisian has negatively effected more than two hundred players and a dozen other coaches in Idaho, Washington and Arkansas.

    If the NCAA is sincere in looking out for student athletes, it should implement a moratorium of coaching hires and recruiting from November 1 through January 7th. And the moratorium should preclude an AD from even talking to a coach that is employed at another institution during that time.

    While some might see this as restraining the free market, it would be the fairest move to the players, the institutions and even to the coaches. No longer would they be put in the untenable position of having to deceive and betray their own players as part of the process of advancing their own career.

    And besides, I have never seen the NCAA minding restraining the trade of their student athletes. Once they get a student to sign a letter of intent, that athlete has to forfeit an entire year of eligibility to transfer to another school.