Nobody is certain if Steve Sarkisian is at the top of the Southern California football coaching wish list, now that Pete Carroll has been formally introduced as the Seattle Seahawks new boss.
What is known is that Sarkisian is still No. 1 on the University of Washington's keep-rolling-on list.
After NFL coaches Jeff Fisher and Jack Del Rio have politely declined opportunities to interview and become the new USC coach, Sarkisian's name reportedly continues to rise on the list of candidates.
Last week, Sarkisian said he would not be interested in the job. He hasn't formally ruled himself out, however, and if USC contacts UW athletic director Scott Woodward about talking to Sarkisian, who knows for sure what will happen?
Woodward has remained steadfast that even if it happens that Sarkisian emerges as the top candidate, the 35-year-old former Brigham Young quarterback has shown enough satisfaction in his current position that he would turn it down.
"They could (contact us), but in the end, I know he's happy here," Woodward said Tuesday afternoon by telephone. "I'm not overly-concerned. I'm vigilant, but I'm not overly-concerned."
A $2.5 million payback clause exists in Sarkisian's contract with the UW if he leaves the university to coach elsewhere.