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Report: Univ. of Washington’s Sarkisian turned down head coaching interviews


We’ve heard a lot about Chip Kelly this week, but it could have been two Pac-12 head coaches interviewing for NFL jobs if University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian decided to throw his hat into the ring.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Sarkisian has turned down overtures from NFL teams asking him to interview for head coaching jobs this week. Per Breer, Sarkisian has aspirations to coach in the league, but has not been interested in the teams that have expressed a desire to speak to him.

It’s fair to wonder what team would interest Sarkisian enough for him to make the jump to the professional level. Sarkisian turned down an interview with the Rams last year and he passed on a shot to become the Raiders’ head coach in 2007 when he was USC’s quarterbacks coach. They eventually hired Lane Kiffin, who was then on the USC staff with Sarkisian and lasted 20 games in the Oakland job.

Sarkisian has a 26-25 record in four years at Washington and helped turn Titans quarterback Jake Locker into a first-round pick during his time with the team. NFL teams obviously like Sarkisian, although their ardor may dim in the coming years if he keeps saying thanks but no thanks when they come calling.

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13 Responses to “Report: Univ. of Washington’s Sarkisian turned down head coaching interviews”
  1. uwsptke says: Jan 4, 2013 1:57 PM

    Is he waiting for Green Bay or New England to open up?

  2. hawkforlife says: Jan 4, 2013 2:02 PM

    Glad to hear it as a Husky fan.

  3. steelerben says: Jan 4, 2013 2:07 PM

    If he turned down the Cardinals, you can’t blame the guy. If he turned down the Bears, he never wants to go to the NFL.

    Either way, he should have at least interviewed and gotten an O’Brien style extortion out of his team.

  4. hawkfan50 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:08 PM

    Sark ain’t going anywhere yet ; Dawg fans have multiple Rose Bowls still to celebrate !

  5. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:09 PM

    at 26-25 it seems like there is already too much interest

  6. oreo51 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:13 PM

    I think he has fallen in love with his lake front home and the stability of coaching in college.

  7. schmitty2 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:17 PM

    Almost 25% of league had job openings and not 1 interested him? Either he knows deep down he isn’t ready for the pro level or he thinks he’s a far better coach than he really is

  8. rajbais says: Jan 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    Steve, you’re a good man … or you realized that interviewing would be a painful experience because you would have to talk about your recent bowl game loss.

  9. bolts0621 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    A good OC candidate but not a good guy to stand in front of the room. He’s struggled at UW – this feels more like manufacturing interest and sending a message to Oregon recruits than anything real.

  10. pickney1 says: Jan 4, 2013 2:24 PM

    Wise man , he has alot of returning talent coming back next year and I believe a good recruitment class. He understands the success he has and will have at the University of Washington will far outduel the headache that is being an Nfl head coach.

  11. skipvanmeter says: Jan 4, 2013 2:52 PM

    Seven Win Sark!

    All Oregon fans hope he will always turn down a chance to coach elsewhere.

  12. vicksprman says: Jan 4, 2013 4:45 PM

    If he keeps passing up opportunities soon enough the NFL will stop asking.

  13. tabdanger says: Jan 4, 2013 5:50 PM

    Most jobs which open up are jobs where you have to rebuild a team. The automatic great jobs like the Steelers come very infrequently. IMO this guy is great QB guy but no more than OC at best.

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