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Dec.
5th

Some notes on Washington’s coaching search

As Day 4 of Washington’s coaching search nears lunchtime, we have a few links and notes to pass along.

— As first reported this morning by a few outlets, UW linebackers coach Peter Sirmon is leaving UW for USC, a source within the program confirmed to the News Tribune. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi are also expected to join Steve Sarkisian’s staff at USC, but there is still some uncertainty there. Read more »

Dec.
5th

Morning links: Huskies return to practice Friday with interim coach

This much is known: Marques Tuiasosopo will coach the Washington Huskies in a bowl game.

Beyond that … well, stay tuned.

Washington is scheduled to practice on Friday and Saturday, I’m told. Not sure if those will be partially open, totally open, totally closed or what. There should be some form of media availability in the coming days. Would imagine we’ll hear soon. Read more »

Dec.
4th

Reports: Huskies to interview Marques Tuiasosopo, Justin Wilcox

A pair of Washington Huskies assistants will reportedly interview for the vacant head coaching job.

According to Football Scoop, UW athletic director Scott Woodward will interview UW quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo. The former UW quarterback is completing his first season on the Huskies coaching staff. He was hired last offseason after spending the previous two seasons on the staff of UCLA, first as a graduate assistant, then as tight ends coach.

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Dec.
4th

Morning links: Huskies coaching search moves forward without Jim Mora

New Southern California football head coach Steve Sarkisian, center, joined by wife, Stephanie, background left, listens to USC president, C. L. Max Nikias during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC hired Sarkisian away from Washington on Monday, bringing back the former Trojans offensive coordinator to his native Los Angeles area and the storied program where he thrived as Pete Carroll's assistant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
New Southern California football head coach Steve Sarkisian, center, joined by wife, Stephanie, background left, listens to USC president, C. L. Max Nikias during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Good morning. Day 2 of life without Steve Sarkisian is upon the University of Washington. The biggest news yesterday came from UCLA, which announced a contract extension for coach Jim Mora. To the links …

Here’s our story in today’s newspaper, updating where UW stands with Mora seemingly out of the picture.

— Sarkisian was introduced at USC yesterday, and said he wished he’d been more forthcoming during that KJR interview on Monday.

Sarkisian said he feels right at home at USC. Read more »

Dec.
3rd

Steve Sarkisian introduced at USC, says he should have been more forthcoming during KJR interview

Steve Sarkisian was introduced as USC's new coach on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
Steve Sarkisian was introduced as USC’s new coach on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Steve Sarkisian’s introductory press conference at USC is over, and we have a few notes to pass along that might of interest to Washington fans.

— Sarkisian was asked about the interview he gave on Sports Radio KJR Monday morning, when he said he hadn’t “interviewed” for the USC job, just that athletic director Pat Haden had reached out to him. Sarkisian also said during that interview that he was “not anywhere near on the course of taking that job or not.”

Of course, reports circulated later that morning that he had accepted the job, and that turned out to be true. Haden said he met with Sarkisian on Sunday afternoon, then decided after returning home to Los Angeles that he was going to offer the job to Sarkisian. Read more »

Dec.
3rd

Pete Carroll on Steve Sarkisian move: ‘I’m thrilled for him’

Pete Carroll, left, and Steve Sarkisian at USC back in 2005. (AP Photo)
Pete Carroll, left, and Steve Sarkisian at USC back in 2005. (AP Photo)

Here’s what Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said about Steve Sarkisian’s move to USC after the Seahawks’ victory over the Saints last night, via our Seahawks reporter, Todd Dybas.

Carroll, of course, is Sarkisian’s mentor. Sarkisian used to run USC’s offense while Carroll, then USC’s head coach, ran the defense.

Anyway, here’s what Carroll said when asked about it last night:

“I’m thrilled for him. This is a lifelong dream for him. He was a kid that grew up in southern California. There is no coach they could have hired that understands L.A. better and what that’s all about. That’s my opinion. He has a tremendous sense for the area and the schools and the coaches and the traditions and all of that. That’s why it was such a big deal for him to get this opportunity. He had a great time here in Washington, he loved it, and did a great job with them, but it’s just a chance to go home and do it at a great university. There’s a number of guys that could have got the job and done a great job with it. I think Sark will do an extraordinary job. Read more »

Dec.
3rd

Morning links: Rounding up a program-altering day on Montlake

UCLA coach Jim Mora, center, reacts after his team recovered a fumble in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
UCLA coach Jim Mora, center, reacts after his team recovered a fumble in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Didn’t expect when we woke up yesterday morning that in a matter of hours, reports of Steve Sarkisian’s departure from Washington would span social media and both USC and UW would be announcing the move by mid-afternoon.

But the departure is only half the story. The vacancy is the bigger issue now, and who the Huskies might try to hire to fill it.

We took an educated guess as to who UW might look at, and others reported that Jim Mora might already be in contact with the UW about the job.

Here’s our main story on Sarkisian’s departure with some reaction from Keith Price and Hau’oli Kikaha. Read more »