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December 6, 2008 6:15 PM

Huskies officially announce Sarkisian as coach

Posted by Bob Condotta

The University of Washington officially announced the hiring of Steve Sarkisian as its new football coach Saturday night, confirming reports that first surfaced Thursday night.

He will reportedly sign a five-year contract worth $1.85 million per year.

Here's the official release from the school. Sarkisian will be officially introduced in a news conference at UW on Monday at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited.

In a press release, UW president Mark Emmert said that "I'm thrilled to have Steve heading up our football program. He's a very talented, energetic coach with a great work ethic and values that match the UW. His challenge is very clear --- we believe he's entirely up to it, and we look forward to a return of the glory years for Husky football.''

Said athletic director Scott Woodward: "After a very thorough search, I am convinced that Steve is the right man to lead the University of Washington football program. He exhibits the right combination of integrity, toughness and passion as well as an extremely strong desire to win. There are a number of characteristics that we were looking for in a head coach and we were really excited that Steve possessed every one of them.''

Said Sarkisian in the release: "I am excited about the opportunity to become the head football coach at the University of Washington. I share the same expectations as the Husky fan base and I fully expect that we will return Washington to the top of the Pac-10 Conference and compete for national championships. I want to thank Mark Emmert and Scott Woodward for this opportunity and I am ready to get to work on behalf of this great institution.''

PROGRAMMING NOTE --- I'm headed to the airport after the game for a flight back tonight so not sure when I will post the usual postgame stuff. But I'll try to have some stuff as the night progresses.

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