Since I lead off the last blog entry with the note that it appeared June Jones was headed to be the next coach at Arizona State, it’s only fair to update that it now looks as if the talks between Jones and ASU have fallen through.
Scout.com reports that there was “unprecedented resistance” by some major ASU supporters in hiring Jones. So sounds like ASU will have to look elsewhere, though doing so now with a little egg on its face.
In news more closer to home, The Big Lead tweeted that its sources said UCLA approached UW coach Steve Sarkisian but that he’s “not biting.”
This is the first report linking Sarkisian to the UCLA job in anything other than a column suggesting that UCLA take a look at Sarkisian.
Sources have told the Times there is nothing for UW fans to worry about in terms of Sarkisian leaving for the UCLA — he has four years left on a contract extension he received last January. And while some have surmised that maybe this would help Sarkisian get a bump in pay, indications are there are no plans for another extension now.
That contract (details here) will pay Sarkisian almost $3 million when it ends, in 2015 — he’s due a guaranteed $2.85 million but a few easily reachable incentives would likely push him to the $3 million mark.
One person said, of the columns in LA papers suggesting UCLA look at Sarkisian, that it never hurts to have your name on the front page of the papers down there in such a fashion during recruiting season — Sarkisian has been in LA recruiting early this week but is headed to San Antonio for an Alamo Bowl kickoff press conference tomorrow morning. He’ll be back in Seatte Friday when the Huskies resume practice for the Alamo Bowl, as well as hosting a number of recruits for official visits over the weekend.
Mainstream media reports have continued to suggest UCLA is focusing on former UW player and Seahawks coach Jim Mora.