Only hours after the Huskies completed a historically abysmal 0-12 football season with a 48-7 loss at Cal, the UW faithful cheered the future during the hoops game against Texas Southern at Hec Ed.
Eric Williams reports:
With 11:54 left in the first half, the Huskies ran a video collage of some highlights from the school's glory days, and announced Steve Sarkisian as the next head football coach. The announcement received a standing ovation from the crowd.
"I'm thrilled to have Steve heading up our football program," UW president Mark Emmert said in a press release. "He's a very talented, energetic coach with a great work ethic and values that match the UW. His challenge is very clear – we believe he's entirely up to it, and we look forward to a return to the glory years for Husky football.
The school will introduce Sarksian as Washington's 23rd head football coach on Monday at the Don James Center at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
"After a very thorough search, I am convinced that Steve is the right man to lead the University of Washington football program," said UW athletic director Scott Woodward. "He exhibits the right combination of integrity, toughness and passion as well as an extremely strong desire to win. There are a number of characteristics that we were looking for in a head coach and we were really excited that Steve possessed every one of them."
Said Sarksian: "I am excited about the opportunity to become the head coach at the University of Washington. I share the same expectations as the Husky Fan base and I fully expect that we will return Washington to the top of the Pac-10 conference and compete for national championships. I want to thank Mark Emmert and Scott Woodward for this opportunity and I am ready t oget to work on behalf of this great institution."