In what is the most substantive report yet that UCLA has approached Steve Sarkisian about its vacancy, the LA Times reported today that the Bruins have indeed sought out Sarkisian.
But it’s equally important to read the entire story, which continues to say that “those efforts have fallen on deaf ears.”
That jibes with everything I’ve heard, that while Sarkisian may be on UCLA’s list, he’s not interested in leaving.
The rumor has been that there is a portion of the UCLA alumni base that favors attempting to lure Sarkisian away and views him as the “big name” hire that would salvage what has thus far been a messy process.
But again, all indications to date are that this is strictly a one-way deal. As I noted here earlier in the week, Sarkisian’s contract would basically reach the $3 million a year stage by 2015, including incentives. As I also wrote earlier this week, there are no apparent plans to extend or enhance his contract as that was done last January.
Sarkisian will meet with the media after UW’s practice today.
This was his response last week when asked about a column in the LA Times suggesting that the Bruins make a run at him. The question ended asking “is there any interest there?” This was his response: “Nah. I think this is the best way to start this, because hopefully we can continue to be successful here and those rumors and different things come about and I can start now and say I can’t talk about ‘what if’s’ and ‘speculations’ and so I’m not that concerned about it.”