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Report: UCLA has approached Sarkisian about coaching vacancy

Steve Sarkisian AP

In the past week or so, UCLA has reportedly been rejected by big names such as Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Houston’s Kevin Sumlin as they continue their quest to replace Rick Neuheisel.

In the next day or so — if they haven’t already — the Bruins will very likely be rejected by yet another big-name target.

According to the Los Angeles Times, and citing people familiar with the situation, UCLA has approached Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian about their coaching vacancy.  The Bruins’ overtures have apparently not made much of an impression on Sarkisian; the Times writes that “those efforts have fallen on deaf ears, as the Huskies’ coach remains committed to staying at Washington.”

UW officials would neither confirm nor deny to the paper that UCLA has been in contact with Sarkisian or his representation.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes “all indications to date are that this is strictly a one-way deal” and “that while Sarkisian may be on UCLA’s list, he’s not interested in leaving.”  Following practice Friday, Sarkisian refuted the report, saying that he hasn’t been contacted by UCLA.

There’s no mention of whether Sarkisian was asked if his agent had fielded any calls from the Bruins.

Sarkisian has spent the past three years pulling the UW football program out of the deep hole dug by his predecessors, Tyrone Willingham and Keith Gilbertson.  That rebuilding effort is beginning to bear fruit on the field as Sarkisian has won more games the past three years (19) than Willingham and Gilbertson won in the six previous years (18).

Prior to coming to the Huskies, Sarkisian had spent seven of the eight previous seasons as an assistant at UCLA’s crosstown rival USC.

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8 Responses to “Report: UCLA has approached Sarkisian about coaching vacancy”
  1. dprouse says: Dec 9, 2011 4:59 PM

    UCLA is thrashing around like a fish on a dock here, and frankly it is embarrassing to watch. Why in the world would you keep targeting coaches like Sark and Petersen whom you know will likely turn you down? Focus your efforts on coaches you can potentially land like Jim Mora Jr. (Like Maryland, they will regret not having had the stones to get Leach when they could.)

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 9, 2011 5:12 PM

    It’s hard to hire a top tier coach when your facilities are mediocre at the best and a high percentage of your fan base doesn’t go to games when the team is down. UCLA should consider hiring a successful small school coach. tOSU hired Jim Tressel from Youngstown State where he had 4 D1-AA National Championships.

  3. hillzmickelzon says: Dec 9, 2011 7:48 PM

    There is one man that can change things @ Ucla all they have to do is pick up the phone & hire Ken Norton and stop playing around. How many coaches have two superbowl rings & have coached @ SC some of the baddest set of Linebackers the Leauge has seen in the last ten years? Think outside the box UCLA before i forget you guys play football there anymore. Bring back that Cade mcnown magic to the rose bowl & ken norton can do it..

  4. mydixienormus says: Dec 9, 2011 8:42 PM

    Way to go Sark. Tell those UCLA dicks to “talk to the hand”.


    Go Huskies!!!!

  5. cowhawkfan says: Dec 10, 2011 2:04 AM

    Sarkisian’s finally getting his recruits in the field. He’d be foolish to leave now. And if he does, the Dawgs will do well with who ever comes in thanks to Sarkisian’s recruits.

  6. v2the4 says: Dec 10, 2011 2:55 AM

    I wonder if UCLA regrets not giving the job to then defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, after they fired Karl Dorrell and before they hired Rick Neuhusal?

    that UCLA job is awful right now, and now they have missed out on Leach, Peterson, Sumlin, Sark and even Larry Fedora of So Miss, who went to North Carolina.

  7. txnative61 says: Dec 10, 2011 3:33 AM

    I admit I’m conflicted, I want UCLA to stay stupid. They have so many recruiting advantages, and could hire so many outstanding small college or assistant coaches who would jump at the chance to make their careers, I hate to think about them putting 2 and 2 together. Beautiful weather, beaches, girls, celebrities, no NFL team, prestigious education, in the middle of recruiting hotbed, it boggles the mind. Facilities upgrade and decent Coach, how hard is that? Oh please, forget I said anything. Keep going after unrealistic Coaches, it gives you an excuse for continued failure.

  8. v2the4 says: Dec 10, 2011 3:48 AM

    according to, Jim Mora Jr will be the next coach at UCLA and has been hired by the school…desperate move if you ask me. here is the link

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