Steve Sarkisian Hired as USC Head Football Coach

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The word is starting to leak that USC Athletic Director Pat Haden has made his choice for the new Trojan head football coach.

According to multiple reports, including Gerard Martinez and Joe Schad, current Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian will be Lane Kiffin’s replacement at USC.

Sarkisian is the 22nd man to become head coach of the USC Trojans in their 125 year football history and is the next in a long list of what have come to be called unpopular hires.

Sark comes to USC with a 34-29 record in five years at Washington and until this year, never cracked the 7-win mark.

This season, with his best UW team by a mile, the Huskies put together an 8-4 season and finished 5-4 in conference for the fourth consecutive year.

The pride of Torrance, Sarkisian has a ton of connections to USC. Not only is he a best friend of Lane Kiffin, but he coached at USC for seven seasons as an assistant under Pete Carroll. Sarkisian was the offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2008, and shared play calling duties with Lane Kiffin following Norm Chow’s departure in 2005.

Sarkisian’s experience at USC makes him one that likely won’t make many changes to the program’s tradition or style. Over the years, Sark has integrated more of an up-tempo offense, but has predominantly run a similar scheme to what he ran at USC.

For now, the big questions pertain to the staff. Can Sark find a way to haul Justin Wilcox out of Seattle? How about Tosh Lupoi?

We’ll have to wait and see, along with finding out which commitment tweet Sark will go with on Twitter. We’ve got our money on “FIGHT ON!”.

Topics: Football, Steve Sarkisian, USC Trojans

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