It was Albert Breer of the NFL Network who wrote a week or so ago that UW coach Steve Sarkisian might be on the list of candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles.
And it’s Breer who Tweeted today that Sarkisian is rebuffing any interest from the NFL and plans to stay put. Here’s his Tweet below:
Multiple NFL teams have inquired about Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. But he’s rebuffed those and, at this point, plans to stay at UW.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 4, 2013
UPDATE — (Breer tweeted later that Sarkisian simply hasn’t been interested in the teams that have inquired so far and “still has NFL aspirations” but that the “right opportunity hasn’t come yet” and that he has simply rebuffed interest “from those that have inquired so far this year.”
Sarkisian was also reported a year ago to turn down an opportunity to interview with the St. Louis Rams, so assuming this report is correct, this would make two straight years he has not pursued potential NFL options — important to note that neither report indicated a job had been specifically offered.
Sarkisian’s contract at UW goes through the 2015 season (technically, Jan. 31, 2016) and escalates slightly each year, guaranteeing him roughly $3 million in the 2015 season.
And speaking of coaching salaries, Arkansasnews.com reports that Joel Thomas will make $235,000 at Arkansas. He was due to make $205,000 at UW in 2013.
— Also interesting this morning is this story saying that the NCAA is considering changes to its transfer policy, notably allowing players with a 2.6 GPA or higher to transfer without having to sit out a year.