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Sarkisian brings three UW assistants to USC

Steve Sarkisian AP

As expected, the initial phase of Steve Sarkisian‘s staff building at USC has a Great Northwest flavor to it.

The Trojans announced Friday that Sarkisian, hired last Monday, has plucked three assistants from his now-former Washington staff: Johnny Nansen, Keith Heyward and Peter Sirmon.  Specific titles and job responsibilities will not be announced until Sarkisian has completed his staff, although the three served as running backs coach/special teams coordinator, secondary coach and linebackers coach, respectively, with the Huskies.

“I’m fired up to have Johnny, Keith and Peter join the staff,” said Sarkisian in a statement. “We’re on the right path in putting together one of the best coaching staffs in America.”

Sarkisian also announced that Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin would be a part of his initial staff as well.

It’s believed Sarkisian’s defensive coordinator with the Huskies, Justin Wilcox, will interview for the head coach vacancy at Boise State, an opening created by Chris Petersen‘s departure to replace Sarkisian at UW.    Sarkisian would like to bring Wilcox with him to Los Angeles.

The Seattle Times reported Friday that the buyouts for Sarkisian and the three assistants breaking their UW contracts total in excess of $1.5 million.  Wilcox’s departure for USC would push that number to over $2 million.

Petersen’s Boise State buyout was $750,000.

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5 Responses to “Sarkisian brings three UW assistants to USC”
  1. lbijake says: Dec 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    Since UW is making Peterson the highest paid Pac-12 coach, it is looking like Pat Haden and USC got snookered. Lost a popular interim coach and lost out on the supposed first choice. Time will tell though.

  2. dantheman3323 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:58 AM

    USC is a private school. They don’t need to release records to the state on coaches salary. They paid kiffin 4+ million a yr. Also USC is playing close to 2 million on buyouts for UW assistants. I’d have to believe Sark got a very huge raise to come to USC and making more than Peterson. But you’re right, will just have to see.

  3. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 11:03 AM

    If Kiffin got paid $4 million, Haiden should already be fired. My god, Nick Saban makes like $6 million, and he’s actually done something.

  4. beastmode5150 says: Dec 7, 2013 12:41 PM

    UW wins this coaching change, and it’s not close.

  5. jdillydawg says: Dec 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    Sark’s decision has really opened up opportunities for UW. Peterson as the new HC is great and he gets to build his own coaching team with ease now that Sark has essentially gutted it.

    I hope they wind up playing each other more in the future.

    That said, I’d be willing to bet that Sark is making upwards of $4mil a year at USC. The job demands it and they have the money.

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