Steve Sarkisian and Cody Kessler always seemed destined to have a coach-quarterback relationship, and if things had panned out like originally were set to, they might have had it up in Seattle and not with Troy.
On Wednesday at Pac-12 Media Day, the junior USC quarterback told reporters that Sarkisian has a big impact on him as a player and person, causing him to nearly go to Washington during his recruiting process.
“I was going to commit [to Washington] the day that USC offered me, because of Coach Sark” said Kessler.“He is a really good coach, and not only on the field, but off the field. That’s what you want in a head coach, to where you can feel comfortable to go up to his office and talk about something besides football.”
Kessler wasn’t the only one speaking to the comfort of playing under Sarkisian. Defensive end Leonard Williams told media that hot seat rumors surrounding Lane Kiffin last September made it hard for the Trojans to fight for him like they can now for Sarkisian.
With the stability of a new permanent head coach of USC football, the team is ready to move on, united as one.
“One of our mottos [is] ‘protect the team and play for each other’,” said Kessler. “And ‘one team, one heartbeat’. which Coach [Ed Orgeron] taught us. Coach Sark has carried that over.”