Sarkisian: 'Nothing is finalized'

USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has denied an ESPN report that he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at the University of Washington.

USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has denied an ESPN report that he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at the University of Washington.

"I have interviewed with Washington. I'm one of a number of candidates, which I'm honored to be," Steve Sarkisian said on Thursday night. "Nothing is finalized in any way, shape or form. There's been some communication. Nothing has been put in writing."

Sarkisian was made aware of the ESPN report by a team spokesperson, and denied that he had been offered or accepted the job.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm a candidate and honored to be. As of right now, Thursday night, I'm getting ready for Saturday," Sarkisian said. "That's ESPN's report, not Washington's or mine."

A day earlier, Sarkisian refused to comment on the opening at Washington, but today said he was pleased with his interview.

"The interview went well, learning about each other. I've always been patient regarding head coaching opportunities," Sarkisian said. "I assess each separately. They interview me, and I assess the job as well, like I did with the Oakland job. It's a process. Neither party wants to rush into it."

The USC offensive coordinator said his main focus is on the Trojans' upcoming game against UCLA.

"We're playing for the conference championship on Saturday. That's my focus," Sarkisian said. "Maybe ESPN knows more than I know. Maybe that'll be good news. My focus is our game this week."

Sarkisian said he wouldn't accept the job before Saturday's rivalry game.

"I wouldn't accept it before our game Saturday," Sarkisian said. "The focus is on the game Saturday."

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