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December 4, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Is Sarkisian the guy?

ESPN is reporting that the Huskies have hired USC offensive coordinator and associate head coach Steve Sarkisian as their new coach. One source has told me as well that he could be the guy.
However, no one official is confirming the report.
UW athletic director just spoke to local reporters and said he had nothing yet to announce. He wouldn’t confirm or deny the report, saying only that “we’ll see when the announcement comes.”
And Sarkisian, asked by reporters in Los Angeles, said he spoke to UW officials on Wednesday but denied he was offered or took the job.
Here’s the ESPN report.
And here’s Sarkisian’s Wikipedia page with lots of other links to information about him.
UPDATE 7:45 — Here are some quotes from Sarkisian’s meeting with the media in Los Angeles:
IS HE THE NEW COACH? “Not as of now. Contact has been made. I’m honored to be a candidate. But right now, my focus is on the UCLA game Saturday.
“I have interviewed with Washington. They’ve interviewed a lot of people. I’m one of a number of candidates, which I’m honored to be. Nothing is finalized in any way, shape or form. There’s been some communication. Nothing has been put in writing.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m a candidate and honored to be. As of right now, Thursday night, I’m getting ready for Saturday. That’s ESPN’s report, not Washington’s or mine. It comes with the territory: job openings and speculation. The key is to focus on the job Saturday and not this conversation.
“I have not been offered the job. The interview went well, learning about each other. I’ve always been patient regarding head coaching opportunities. I assess each separately. They interview me, and I assess the job as well, like I did with the Oakland job. It’s a process. Neither party wants to rush into it.
“We’re still playing. We’re playing for the conference championship on Saturday. That’s my focus.
“Nothing is set up tonight to talk to them.
“Maybe ESPN knows more than I know. Maybe that’ll be good news. My focus is our game this week.
“I wouldn’t accept it before our game Saturday. The focus is on the game Saturday.
“Pete (Carroll) understands the situation and is on the same page.”

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