Steve Sarkisian to USC already a costly decision

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Seattle Times, the University of Washington is line to receive a considerable sum of money.

Steve Sarkisian, or a “third party”, which in this case would presumably be USC, must pay the University of Washington $1.5 million as a result of Sarkisian leaving prior to the completion of the third year in his contract.

Because Sarkisian is leaving Washington to coach at USC, the amount must be paid within 30 days.

As for the highly regarded defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Tosh Lupoi, who are both rumored to be joining Sarkisian at USC, luring them out of Seattle would ,too, come at a cost.

Wilcox’s contract dictates that if he is to leave for another Pac-12 school,
a $1 million penalty is to be enforced, unless he was leaving for a head coach position.  As a point of reference, the penalty exceeds his 2013 guaranteed salary of $800,000.

Lupoi’s penalty is reported to be $410,000, which roughly equals the amount remaining on his contract with Washington that runs through February 2015.

In total, the three coaches would cost USC $2.91 million and that is without taking into consideration what their new salaries would be.

Breach of contract penalties or buyouts are nothing new, but considering Sarkisian was already viewed as an unattractive hire, the news will likely give those who are anti-Sarkisian more ammunition.

Sarkisian alone may not be worth the trouble of issuing a check to Washington, but should Lupoi and Wilcox join him, the Trojans would have the foundation set for a formidable coaching staff.

Topics: Football, Steve Sarkisian, USC Trojans

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