USC football: Trojans hire Washington coach Steve Sarkisian

The Trojans finally pull the trigger on their coaching search

12/2/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

It happened just about as quickly as its initial rumors, but Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian has reportedly accepted an offer from USC to fill the same position, according to a local news station (Kings 5 News). Blog Photo - USC football: Trojans hire Washington coach Steve Sarkisian

Seriously though. It was just this morning that Sarkisian denied that he interviewed for the job:

“I didn’t interview for the job,” Sarkisian told KJR, via the Seattle Times. “They (USC) reached out and I talked to them (this weekend).”

Up until late last night, the feeling was that USC athletic director Pat Haden had narrowed his two candidates down to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

Petersen took his name out of the hat just a few hours ago, and just like that—the Trojans came to a deal with Sarkisian.

He might not have been the Trojans’ No. 1 pick, but he’s an excellent fit for Southern Cal. Sarkisian is a California native and is a household name with the program, having played role as an assistant with USC from 2001-03 before becoming the quarterbacks coach from 2005-08.

Sarkisian completely changed the culture of Washington football in a very short amount of time. The Huskies were a combined 12-47 in the five years before his arrival, including an 0-12 season in 2008.

Washington then proceeded to win five games in his first season (2009) and have made a bowl appearance every year since.

USC is 9-4 (6-3 Pac-12) this season, but 6-2 (6-1) under interim coach Ed Orgeron. Whether Sarkisian retains Orgeron as defensive coordinator or not is in question, but would be a huge bonus for the Trojans.

Sarkisian will likely become one of the highest-paid coaches in the NCAA. A few weeks ago, USC stated that it is willing to pay up to $6 million for its next man at the helm.

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