USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian confirmed after

Saturday's game with UCLA that he will become the new head football

coach at Washington.

"I'm excited. It's been a great program in the past and they're

obviously down now. But I'm going to get them back to fighting for

a championship," Sarkisian said following USC's 28-7 win over the


An official announcement is expected from Washington later

Saturday night.

Word about Sarkisian and the head job at Washington leaked on

Thursday night after Fresno State's Pat Hill and Texas Tech's Mike

Leach both pulled their names from consideration for the job.

Sarkisian has been an assistant head coach and offensive

coordinator at USC for the last two seasons.