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New deal will keep Sarkisian at UW through 2015

The way Steve Sarkisian said he kept his name out of other potential FBS football coaching vacancies was by ignoring them.

Maybe it’s because he knew the best job out there was the one he had at the University of Washington.

Proof of that was Sarkisian’s multi-year extension deal Friday, which will keep the 36-year-old coach in Montlake through the 2015 season.

He signed a five-year contract, but in actuality, it adds two more season to his original contact, which he signed early in 2008 after he was hired from Southern California in December of 2008 to replace former UW coach Tyrone Willingham.

The new deal bumps up next season’s guaranteed compensation from $2 million to $2.5 million, and will max out at $2.85 million for that 2015 season.

"We’ve rewarded him for success," UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in a released statement. "We want to have Steve here for a long time. Stability and retention are very important to us."

Shortly after the Huskies ended their season with a 19-7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, Sarkisian was asked if any of the coaching openings had caught his eye. None had.

"I love my job; it’s a great job," Sarkisian said. "I love working for Scott Woodward. The University of Washington is pretty special to me."

That day, Woodward confirmed that the university, Sarkisian and his agent, Gary Uberstine had started talks about a contract extension.

So the new deal is done – in a low-key manner, just to Sarkisian’s liking.

"A lot of times when you can have some success, we can step out of ourselves and maybe try and change who we are," Sarkisian said right after the season ended. "We will remain grounded and humble of who we are."