"Steve Sarkisian is an outstanding young coach who did great things here at USC. He's savvy, he's tough, he's charismatic and he's a real leader. He had an intimate grasp of our offense, and he produced some awesome offensive performances and turned out some gifted quarterbacks. He'll put together a good staff at Washington, he'll recruit well and he'll be a formidable opponent. Washington has a great football tradition and I know Sark will work hard to help the program reach the level of success that Husky supporters desire. We wish him well and look forward to playing his Huskies in the coming years."
- Pete Carroll, USC head coach
"I just thought his demeanor, his intensity, he makes you want to play hard. He develops a relationship with you. He's certainly not trying to be your best friend. But he's a hard worker, and he's going to make you work hard."
- Marques Tuiasosopo, Oakland Raiders QB and UW alum
"He's a very competitive guy, and he'll bestow that upon those players and just bring back that attitude the Huskies have had so long in the past. They've just lost that a little bit. So I'm excited to see what he's going to be able to bring back there."
- Lofa Tutupu, Seattle Seahawks linebacker & USC alum
"He's a great coach who brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Very similar to Coach Carroll, he's got a lot of charisma. He'll do a great job here. He's got a brilliant mind and really works hard at what he does."
- Matt Cassel, New England Patriots quarterback & USC alum
"He's a phenomenal coach and even a better friend. He's a winner and there's no doubt in mind he'll be a winner wherever he goes. I'm going to miss the in-between moments with him, where I get to sit in his office for five minutes before meetings and in between drives."
- Mark Sanchez, USC quarterback