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Report: USC interviewed Steve Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

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While a report surfaced Sunday night that USC’s coaching search had centered on Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Boise State’s Chris Petersen, it appears a head coach at a Pac-12 school is under consideration. Or, at least, he had been under consideration.

According to‘s Brett McMurphy, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian interviewed for the same position with the Trojans.  The interview reportedly took place this weekend, after UW’s win over rival Washington State in the Apple Cup.

Despite the Sarkisian interview, Franklin and Petersen are still viewed as the Trojans’ top two targets.  As was the case with his former boss, Sarkisian could be a fallback option.

Sarkisian, who has previously denied interest in the position, at least publicly, has extensive ties to the Trojans and the coach who last led them to greatness.  Twice a member of Pete Carroll‘s coaching staffs at USC, Sarkisian spent the 2001-03 and 2005-08 seasons as quarterbacks coach and, his last two seasons, offensive coordinator before moving on to Washington in 2009.

With Sarkisian in charge, the Huskies have been a middle-of-the-road Pac-12 school.  After five wins his first season, the Huskies won seven games each of the past three seasons before stepping up to eight wins in 2013.  UW has played in the Holiday, Alamo and Maaco bowls, and are in line for another mid-tier bowl game this year as well.

Regardless of who, an announcement on USC’s new coach is expected soon, perhaps no later than this weekend.

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7 Responses to “Report: USC interviewed Steve Sarkisian for coaching vacancy”
  1. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 2, 2013 10:27 AM

    USCs long term goal must be to go 7-5 and make the Las Vegas bowl every year.

  2. benihanagt says: Dec 2, 2013 10:29 AM

    Sark was just on KJR and said it was just a phone conversation, not an interview. For what’ it’s worth.

  3. realfootballfan says: Dec 2, 2013 10:31 AM

    If you’re going to do this, you might as well keep Ed Orgeron. Steve Sarkisian is Lane Kiffin with a better demeanor.

  4. mydixienormus says: Dec 2, 2013 11:10 AM

    So much for coach Sark saying Washington was his “dream job”….

  5. bmceh says: Dec 2, 2013 12:05 PM

    Sark is pulling his best Slick Rickheisel impression – bold faced lies to the UW faithful.

  6. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Dec 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    As soon as the Trojans lost to the Bruins, it pretty much gave the administration the green light to amp up the coaching search.

    Coach O needed to win out and with style points to really cement the job.

  7. bmceh says: Dec 2, 2013 12:45 PM

    Hey Coach Mora, how about another radio interview w/your pals at KJR Seattle? That dream job of yours looks to be coming available!

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