According to a report from ESPN, the University of Southern California have hired Washington Huskies’ Steve Sarkisian to replace Lane Kiffin as their next official head coach.
USC fired Kiffin in September and have gone 6-2 with Ed Orgeron as their interim coach. The Trojans are coming off a 35-14 loss to cross-city rival UCLA. Orgeron was apparently upset about not getting the head coaching job outright, and has resigned instead of accepting a raise and the assistant head coaching position:
Washington hired Sarkisian in 2009, and he has guided the then struggling football program back to respectability. The Huskies as 8-4 this season and 34-29 in five seasons under Sarkisian, including 24-21 in Pac-12 conference games.
Sarkisian was twice offensive coordinator for USC from 2001-2003 and again from 2005-2008, with USC having a 74-15 record during those seasons. USC also had two Heisman Trophy winners under Sarkisian, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
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