The way Steve Sarkisian said he kept his name out of other schools' potential coaching vacancies was by ignoring them.
Maybe it’s because he believed that the best job out there was the one he had at the University of Washington.
Proof came by way of Sarkisian’s multiyear extension Friday, which will keep the 36-year-old football coach in Montlake through the 2015 season.
He signed a five-year contract, but really, it simply adds two more seasons to his original contact he signed early in 2009 after being hired from Southern California to replace Tyrone Willingham.
The new deal bumps his guaranteed compensation from $2 million to $2.5 million next season, and it will max out at $2.85 million in 2015.
“We’ve rewarded him for success,” UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. “We want to have Steve here for a long time. Stability and retention are very important to us.”
Shortly after the Huskies ended their first winning season (7-6) since 2002 with a 19-7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, Sarkisian was asked if any coaching openings had caught his eye. He said none had.
“I love my job; it’s a great job,” Sarkisian said. “I love working for Scott Woodward. The University of Washington is pretty special to me.”
That day, Woodward confirmed that the university, Sarkisian and his agent, Gary Uberstine, had started talks about a contract extension.
So the new deal is done – in a low-key manner, just to Sarkisian’s liking.
“A lot of times when you can have some success, we can step out of ourselves and maybe try and change who we are,” Sarkisian said after the season ended. “We will remain grounded and humble of who we are.”
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