The news that Steve Sarkisian has reportedly been hired as the new head coach at USC was met with a mixture of shock, confusion, and support from current and former players and well as recruits. Reports that interim head coach Ed Orgeron has allegedly handed in a letter of resignation only compounded the chaotic response.
Current players opened up on Twitter with varying degrees of response. Some, like redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Zach Banner announced their full support:
I’m on board. Mr. Haden has got my full support! #fighton
— Randall Telfer (@RandallTelfer) December 2, 2013
I support @ADHadenUSC and anything he does… USC is in great hands
— Zach Banner (@FOE_ZB73) December 2, 2013
Others, like freshman safety Su’a Cravens and sophomore defensive lineman Leonard Williams tweeted their support for Orgeron and expressed shock at the whole situation:
Coach O can never be replaced ! That’s all I’m gonna say — Su’a Cravens (@_Suu_C) December 2, 2013
Honestly in shock on what is happening up here — Su’a Cravens (@_Suu_C) December 2, 2013
No matter what I’ll always be behind coach O — Leonard Williams (@LWtrojan94) December 2, 2013
This is hard.. — Leonard Williams (@LWtrojan94) December 2, 2013
Meanwhile, former players like quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Marc Tyler gave Sarkisian and the hire praise.
Recruits, on the other, were a mixed bag of responses. Some, like Damien Mama of St. John Bosco, is wondering where he stands with the new staff and potential system:
St. John Bosco OL Damien Mama is a bit concerned that Sarkisian hybrid/spread offense does not favor his skill set. — Evan Budrovich (@evanbud) December 2, 2013
Serra cornerbac Adoree Jackson tweeted out a cautionary note:
Lesson Of The Day: Don’t Commit To A Coach
— SWEET PEA (@AdoreeKnows) December 2, 2013
At the same time, the Trojans came back into consideration from four-star running back Joe Mixon.
USC is now back in the picture for me. #Fighton
— ⚡PRIMETIME!!!⚡ (@Joe_MainMixon) December 2, 2013