Here is our whole package of Sarkisian coverage from the Tuesday paper.
And here is some more of what new UW coach Steve Sarkisian said about the UW football program -- the one he inherits, and the one he hopes to build:
*His goal is to win games, qualify for bowls and eventually win championships.
Quote: "It's about time for us to get back to the Rose Bowl. It's about time for us to get back competing for conference championships; it's about time for us to get back competing for national championships, and that's what our goal is."
*UW has the existing facilities to do that.
Quote: "These are winning facilities. From where I've been and what they had and what this place is and what we have here, the facilities are great. We'll go play."
*He hasn't decided if any of the current staff will be retained and said some members of the existing USC staff might follow him. He said he has the budget to assemble the kind of staff he wants.
Quote: "There are some guys that will join on board here very quickly. … We're shooting to get the best coaching staff in America assembled here, and I don't want to settle just to put a staff together as quickly as possible."
*His top immediate priority is recruiting. He seems to especially value speed. He believes his Southern California connections will help him in that prime recruiting area. But he also said he wants to make sure the best in-state prospects stay home.
Quote: "This is too good of an institution, too good of a program for a kid to want to leave. There's no question, we're going to put a wall up around the state of Washington, around Seattle and the surrounding areas and these kids are not going to leave any more. We're going to keep them here, and we need to do a good job when we get out of here of identifying the top talent on the West Coast and go after it and go get it."
*Winning and losing are both habits, and he wants to rid the program of the latter and build the former. He said that when USC played UW this fall, he saw the Huskies as a team that expected to lose.
Quote: "There's a lot of talent on this football team, we just need to change the way they think. Obviously, there's going to be a lot of learning from everybody involved."
*He will handle the play-calling and that he expects to run a pro-style offense similar to his USC offense.
Quote: "We'll hire an offensive coordinator, but I'll still call the plays. The offense will very similar (to USC), obviously we'll play to the strengths of what we have, whether is offensive line, running back, quarterback, wide receiver."
*He wants that offense to take advantage of Locker's unique talents without turning him into a one-man show.
Quote: "He's a guy that obviously we can build our program around, but he is not going to be our program, we're not going to put it all on him. We're going to take our time and we're going to develop a football team around him that he is going to be a part of."
*He has some ideas of what he wants in a defensive coordinator.
Quote: "I want us to play hard, I want us to play fast, I want us to play with great effort. Scheme-wise, I've got some really good guys in mind; it's just a matter of working through logistics and finding a way to get them."
*Someone on his staff will hold the title of quarterback coach, but Sarkisian also plans to be involved mentoring UW quarterbacks.
Quote: "We will have a quarterback coach title because it takes a lot of work to mentor a quarterback, takes a lot of off-season work, in-season work. So, we will have basically two of us heading this thing up. But I will work hand-in-hand closely with (Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch) and the guys we bring in. They will play well."
*His first message to the team was that everyone is beginning anew. (It was a message that Locker said excited a lot of players.)
Quote: "Whatever has gone on before I wasn't here, we're starting off on a brand new foot, with me, with the program. I think, for a lot of guys, it's a chance for a new beginning. … We're going to do this thing together, we're going to compete together, we're going to battle together and we're going to become a football team together and we're going to have fun doing it."
*He wants his team energized.
Quote: "Emotion is a big part of college football, more so than in any other level of college football, in my opinion. They feed off of fans, they feed off of students, they feed off the emotions of the game and we need to be an emotional football team, an enthusiastic football team, one that loves playing with one another. I expect our sidelines to be electric, I expect them to be jumping up and down and cheering for one another and having fun with one another. That's what college football is about."