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UCLA football: Washington A.D. expects Steve Sarkisian to stay

December 9, 2011 |  2:54 pm

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Washington Athletic Director Steve Woodward seems to be unaware of any contact between UCLA and Huskies’ football Coach Steve Sarkisian.

Although people familiar with the situation have said UCLA representatives approached Sarkisian to gage his interest, Woodward, in an oddly worded denial, told the Seattle Times on Friday that “Steve, I know, hasn’t talked to them, as far as I know.”

Woodward said UCLA officials have not asked permission to speak with Sarkisian, though that would not violate conference or NCAA rules.

A Washington official declined to confirm or deny whether a request had been made on Thursday.

Woodward told the Seattle Times, “I don’t think anything is imminent. I’m not worried.”

Asked if he was worried about UCLA having interest, Woodward said, “You are always worried when you have a good coach that other people will want to talk to him, which is a good problem to have. But Steve is very happy at the University of Washington, in a great situation, and I think everything is fine going forward. I think at the end of the day, Steve will be the coach at the University of Washington.”

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-- Chris Foster

Photo: Coach Steve Sarkisian leads the Huskies out of the Coliseum tunnel to play USC last month. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

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