In 2009, Steve Sarkisian inherited a program that was coming off a 0-11 record. The Huskies have since finished 5-7 and 7-6 in Sarkisian’s first two seasons.
On Monday night, his former boss Pete Carroll, offered a nice compliment of his former assistant coach at USC during a local fundraising event.
Carroll said of Sarkisian, "He's captured a mentality. He's confident on how to do it. It's a fun environment to be around. He's as upbeat as you can get. You see all kinds of good stuff happening in every aspect of their program. You can totally feel it. And so that's something that's really familiar to me."
Sark knows that UW hasn’t arrived just yet, however.
"When you're there you're redshirting three-fourths of your freshmen class. You're developing players; you're playing juniors and seniors and all of those things. You have a lot of conversations in late December and early January with kids about whether it's a decision to stay or go to the NFL. We don't have many of those right now. We've still got a lot of work to do."
The Huskies play nine conference games this season. UW will host Cal, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon. The road schedule includes at Utah, at Stanford, at USC, and at Oregon State. The Huskies finish the regular season by playing Wazzu at Qwest Field in Seattle.