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Washington Huskies football: Steve Sarkisian facing pressure in 2013

Sark will have to do a lot to ensure that he stays Washington's head coach in 2013, and it doesn't start easy with an opening game against Boise State.

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Listen to the entirety of the SB Nation at Pac-12 Media Day 2013 podcast!

Avinash Kunnath: Jack, you're like a general Pac-12 writer, but you're also a Washington Huskies fan. You know a lot about the pressure that Steve Sarkisian is facing this year. What are your thoughts on how Sark handled his press conference?

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I thought he did a really good job. I actually was joking in the live chat when we got started, [with] the first question about 7-6 "His life must just be 7-6 over and over and over again." And it's also gotta be scary because if you look at their schedule and that could really be another destination for them.

So i mean he's just a really personable guy. He's kind along the lines of the Moras or Kiffins … who are kind of more politician-y. So I always think he does really well in these types of situations. But he also says what he has to say. Because I feel some of the guys they just want to get away, they're no-nonsense. And some of the guys, maybe like Mora and Kiffin, are a little too politician-y, he kind of blends them both. He kind of gives you like the wrap you want to hear, but he's also like, "Oh, I'm just not going to say anything."

[later on in the podcast]

AK: Hey, what's up Anthony. We have a new member here, Anthony Cassino, UW Dawg Pound! You've just been grilling Steve Sarkisian...

Anthony Cassino, UW Dawg Pound: I just kept going.

AK: You just kept going! Yeah.

AC: For the first like 20 minutes or so, it was about Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams, so he's just repeating the same stuff he's been saying for the last couple of weeks.

AK: Do you feel like Sark is under any pressure at all? Do you feel like he senses that this is a big season for him?

AC: Yeah, absolutely, he seems more business-like than he has in season's past. He's more focused I guess. Not smiling so much, not laughing so much, not joking around as much. He's got a lot of pressure on him to win this year.