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Huskies reward Coach Sark with new contract, raise

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Just two years removed from an 0-12 season, Steve Sarkisian has led the Washington Huskies to 12 wins, a bowl triumph and appears to have the football program turning the corner toward respectability.

Friday, Sarkisian officially reaped the rewards of the work he’s done thus far.

In a press release, the school announced that they have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract with the second-year coach.  The new contract adds two years to his commitment to UW, and keeps the coach signed through the 2015 season.

“We’ve rewarded him for success,” UW athletic director Scott Woodward said. “We will continue to invest in the football program – with the upcoming renovation of Husky Stadium, construction of new team facilities – and we will continue to invest in those who lead it.

“We want to have Steve here for a long time. Stability and retention are very important to us.”

“I love my job,” Sarkisian said. “I’ve got a great job. I love coaching for Scott Woodward. I love being a Husky.”

Per the release,┬áSarkisian’s guaranteed compensation goes from $2 million to $2.25 million for this year, to $2.4 million for 2012 and to $2,550,000 in 2013. The additional years will pay Sarkisian a guaranteed $2.7 million in ’14 and $2.85 million in ’15.

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7 Responses to “Huskies reward Coach Sark with new contract, raise”
  1. benihanagt says: Jan 21, 2011 5:09 PM


  2. southernpatriots says: Jan 21, 2011 6:19 PM

    Through the 2015 season? After taking a program which “just two years removed from an 0-12 season, Steve Sarkisian has led the Washington Huskies to 12 wins” thereby reversing the 0-12 season to a 12 win season, Coach Sarkisian just gets an extension to 2015? We hope that is what he wanted, otherwise the university is being cheap. Big money for a coach, but we continue to still want to see some stipend paid to the athletes which fill the stadium and sell the trinkets, souvenirs, and get the audience for the tv and radio broadcasts. We congratulate the Huskies on a great season and on Coach Sarkisian and his staff. We suggest that the AD at Washington begins to schedule the tempered teams of the SEC during the season, such as a home on home schedule or neutral location (ala Oregon and LSU at the new Dallas Cowboy billion dollar stadium in Dallas) for Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, and Florida, etc.) A win against a top 10 SEC team would go along way to bringing national attention and great cred to the Huskies.

  3. edgy says: Jan 21, 2011 6:58 PM

    southernpatriots, Actually, it’s 12 total wins (5-7 and 7-6, 12-13 overall) in his two years at the school not a 12 win season.

  4. southernpatriots says: Jan 21, 2011 9:35 PM

    Thank you. Misunderstood. He is heading them in a good direction from where they were. It is hard, beyond hard, to build a team up from the ground (or below it as the case sometimes is).

  5. burntorangehorn says: Jan 22, 2011 12:57 AM

    Um…really? You thought they won twelve games this year?

    There’s a whole world outside the dirty south. Welcome to the internet(s), your ticket to the outside world!

    Anyway, good for Sark. They’ve been a better team than last year or this year’s record indicated, but it appears the admin has seen that. I think they keep improving despite the loss of Locker.

  6. southernpatriots says: Jan 22, 2011 4:53 AM

    Sure, there is a world outside the SEC. We did not know that you despised the south so much. Did someone in the South do something bad to you at some point in your life? We apologize if they did. We have traveled all over the world and a fact is very clear, because of the more temperature climates in the southern regions of especially northern hemisphere nations, the people who live in the South of any countries there (Canada, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, United States, Japan, China, Russia, Scandanavia, etc.) are much more open, cordial, genteel, kind and outgoing. Dirt is everywhere there is not concrete, asphalt, buildings or rock. Thank God for dirt because you and all the rest of us would not eat as well and the cost would be much higher. We travel extensively but have not been blessed to travel to Washington since the early 80s. But between travels to see SEC games (sure, there are teams out there that are not SEC but with the incredible football played weekend and week out in the SEC, the competition and entertainment value, and also the incredible cost of travel, we limited ourselves where we receive the best value for the dollar and that is the SEC for the most part. Upcoming season we’ll also be in Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan/Wisconsin. Don’t have time much to search the Internet either, we are not homebodies we all would rather travel and see the games in person and meet other people.

  7. edgy says: Jan 22, 2011 9:40 AM

    Just two years removed from an 0-12 season, Steve Sarkisian has led the Washington Huskies to 12 wins

    burnt, it was an easy mistake for him to make based on what John wrote.

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