The highly publicized feud between the Washington Huskies and ESPN has fallen off the map a bit in recent days, if only because Chris Petersen’s team took a loss and there has been some distance between now and the weekend in which animosity surfaced. Still, Washington athletic director Jen Cohen provided an interview to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times and, within it, she reflected on the “disrespectful” actions of the network on the air.
“I felt more like that was such a disrespectful move for the people we play. For those that do this, we do this because we love the kids. These are somebody’s sons, somebody’s brothers. They’re 18- to 22-year-old kids, and so I was more offended, not for us, as I was for our opponents.”
Beyond that, Cohen revealed that she received a phone call from ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and events Peter Derzis and the conversation included a formal apology from the network with “assurance that it wouldn’t happen again.” Cohen described it as “a class act” and “the right call,” which indicates that she is ready for the incident to fade away.
Unless there is a reprise, it is hard to see another dust-up in the near future but Washington and ESPN seem to be back on the same page right now.