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Steve Sarkisian says he wasn’t interviewed for USC job

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Earlier today, a report surfaced that USC had interviewed Washington coach — and former USC assistant coach — Steve Sarkisian.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Scott Wolf, Sarkisian said in a radio interview he did not formally interview for the position. Instaed, Sarkisian seemed to characterize it in far more informal tones: “They reached out and I talked to them,” he said.

That doesn’t mean Sarkisian didn’t interview, though — coaches have a knack for playing coy with just about everything — nor does it mean Sarkisian won’t formally interview at some point.

With Chris Petersen and Kevin Sumlin no longer in the mix, most reports have Vanderbilt’s James Franklin pegged as USC’s top target.

Wolf posed this question, which is interesting at least from a PR standpoint: If USC can’t land Franklin, how far down the backup option ladder does Pat Haden go before Ed Orgeron becomes the best candidate?

Of course, PR in December is rendered irrelevant with a successful season next year no matter who’s coaching in Los Angeles.

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11 Responses to “Steve Sarkisian says he wasn’t interviewed for USC job”
  1. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:54 PM

    They are shooting for the stars and should land a high caliber candidate. They still have some quality options, but it is interesting that they have not publically said O is out.

    Derek Dooley is available…

  2. frankgarrett says: Dec 2, 2013 1:09 PM

    I still think most of these “Reports” that this site gets are from people taking a piss who know’s a guy who know’s a guy / This Site SUCKS

  3. ceraser45 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:17 PM

    If the site sucks….Then why are you on it….You are the real loser…..Stop crying like a baby

  4. bmceh says: Dec 2, 2013 1:43 PM

    Florida will pay to charter the flight if Haden would please show some interest in a “big name” like Muschamps.

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 2, 2013 2:08 PM

    Reportedly, Washington canceled a press conference of his scheduled for 2:00 because he’s being named the next USC coach. Oops, so much for what he told UW fans. Like I said in the previous post, Lane Kiffin clone without all the brashness, lol. Good luck with all that upcoming mediocrity Trojan fans.

  6. bender4700 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:11 PM

    Que: Uh Oh!

  7. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    ESPN LA reporting Sark is the hire…..

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/college-football/story/_/id/10068739/usc-trojans-hire-steve-sarkisian-washington-huskies-new-football-coach?ex_cid=espnapi_public

  8. bigdinla says: Dec 2, 2013 2:26 PM

    New HC of USC!

  9. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:35 PM

    Teach me how to Saban, teach me teach me how to Saban.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:52 PM

    LOL why can’t these coaches just tell the truth. If the coaching gigs don’t work out, they have a bright future in politics.

  11. pastabelly says: Dec 2, 2013 8:31 PM

    College football coaches, for the most part, are liars. They lie to recruits, to the press, and often to their wives and mistresses. Some even conceal sexual predators hanging around campus.

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