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UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 9:09 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

UCLA is searching for a new head coach after letting go Rick Neuheisel before the Pac-12 Championship game. And searching and searching. And searching.

They tried Boise State's Chris Petersen, checked in on others such as Houston's Kevin Sumlin and now, apparently, have moved onto someone with local ties. According to the LA Times, UCLA officials have approached Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian about the vacancy but the efforts have "fallen on deaf ears."

Sarkisian has several ties to the Los Angeles area, hailing from nearby Torrance, Calif. and spending several years as an assistant at USC. Washington athletic director Scott Woodward told the Seattle Times on Friday that officials have not asked to talk to the 37-year-old head coach.

"Steve, I know, hasn't talked to them, as far as I know," Woodward said via phone, adding, "I don't think anything is imminent. I'm not worried.''

After taking over a winless Huskies team in 2008, Sarkisian has guided the program to back-to-back bowl games in 2010 and 2011. He signed a new five-year contract with the school at the end of last year that will pay him up to $2.85 million in the final year of the deal with a $2.5 million buyout. Washington is also making a significant investment in facilities to upgrade the program, which includes a $250 million renovation of Husky Stadium.

"I have not been contacted, no,'' Sarkisian said after practice Friday.

Washington plays Baylor in the Alamo Bowl on December 29th.


Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:36 am

UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

When Rick didn't go after a top QB right away, I knew he wouldn't succeed. 
Ucla needs a QB or they will never do well.
Sark won't touch that program.  The AD is a fool.  

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:12 am

UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

No way, No f'in way.  Why would he go from the 3rd best job on the west coast or west of the Rockies for that turmoil.  It is an insult that he was considered a 3rd choice to lesser coaches that have had success in b team markets.  If either of those two reasons do not work then look at the history of the UCLA coaching position.  Toledo failed, Dorrell and Neuheisal were both alums and they couldn't do it.  Not a great opportunity.   Gruden or Mora JR?  Why would Mora talk that job when he has already admitted that UW is his dream job. 

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:42 pm

UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

Don't even answer the texts or e-mails that come from Westwood Sark! You are no Urban Meyer, but staying in Seattle beats being USC's _________ for the next decade. Besides, Seattle is not the worst place in the country to make a $2 mill salary by guiding the Dogs to 7-win seasons. Who knows; you may even beat the Ducks some year.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:59 pm

UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

As an Oregon Duck fan, I honestly don't understand this stupid rumor.  Who is Bryan Fischer and why isn't anything in this world ever vetted?
Maybe Chip Kelly (Oregon Duck coach) will take the Fresno State job?  Go Bryan, write about that rumor...........idiot.  Out. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:57 pm

UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

Nothing new here.  UCLA is getting desperate, and Guerrero, as usual, has no clue as to how to find and hire a top head coach.  Sark is not going to leave Washington to go to UCLA, so he can lose to USC every year.  UCLA fans, you may as well prepare yourself for another 6-6 type head coach.  Until UCLA gets rid of Guerrero, they will not field a competitive team in football.

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