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USC Hires Sarkisian as Football Coach

December 2, 2013

By Scott Wolf, Daily News, Los Angeles

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian agreed to become USC's next football coach on Monday morning, according to sources within the athletic dept. An announcement is expected this afternoon.

Sarkisian becomes the second straight Pete Carroll assistant to become the Trojans coach following his close friend, Lane Kiffin. In five seasons at Washington, Sarkisian is 34-29 and 24-21 in the Pacific-12 Conference.

USC hired Sarkisian after being rebuffed by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and Boise State coach Chris Petersen over the weekend. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was also a candidate but his lack of West Coast or USC ties put him at a disadvantage, sources said.

Sarkisian is expected to retain USC interim coach Ed Orgeron. But Orgeron will also look for a head-coaching position. Sarkisian spent seven years as a USC assistant under Carroll and was the offensive coordinator when Washington hired him in 2008.


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