According to a source close to Sarkisian, the USC aide will replace Tyrone Willingham with the winless Huskies, who end their season Saturday with a game against California.
With a game against cross-town rival UCLA this weekend, Sarkisian said he has not formally accepted the post at Washington.
"I have interviewed with Washington. They've interviewed a lot of people," he said in a press release. "I'm one of some number of candidates, which I'm honored to be. Nothing has been finalized in any way, shape, or form.
"There's been some communication and some facets, but nothing has been put down in writing one way or the other. As far as I am concerned, I'm a candidate for the job, and I'm honored to be one. I think it's a great job. It's one that's a great program in the Pac-10 and in the country. As of right now, Thursday night, my focus is on winning a Pac-10 championship on Saturday."
Sarkisian, 34, has been at USC since 2005. He was quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2004. Before that, Sarkisian ? a former BYU quarterback ? was an assistant for the Trojans from 2001-2003, working with quarterbacks.