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December 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

UW’s Sarkisian confirms talk with USC’s Pat Haden

Coaches Steve Sarkisian, left, and Chris Petersen meet at midfield after Boise State defeated Washington 28-26 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Coaches Steve Sarkisian, left, and Chris Petersen meet at midfield after Boise State defeated Washington 28-26 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian interviewed with USC athletic director Pat Haden over the weekend for the Trojans’ head-coaching job, ESPN is reporting.

Sarkisian, on with KJR this morning, confirmed the discussion with Haden but said it was not a job interview.

“I didn’t interview for the job,” Sarkisian told KJR. “They (USC) reached out and I talked to them (this weekend).”

The USC coaching search appears to be nearing an end. ESPN is reporting that a hire could be made this week.

Sarkisian, 39, a former USC assistant coach under Pete Carroll, just finished his best regular season at UW with Friday’s 27-17 victory over Washington State. That left UW 8-4 in Sarkisian’s fifth season. Sarkisian is 34-29 in his five seasons with the Huskies.

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is also a candidate for the USC job, according to ESPN.

Boise State’s Chris Petersen, meanwhile, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the USC job, according to the report.

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