Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Newly hired USC football coach Steve Sarkisian said he’s excited to be back with the Trojans and can’t wait to get started in his new job.
“I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships,” said Sarkisian, who worked as Trojans’ assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008.
The Trojans lured Sarkisian from Washington while interim coach Ed Orgeron resigned after being bypassed for the position. The Trojans went 6-2 under Orgeron after athletic director Pat Haden fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 28.
In 2009, Sarkisian took over a Washington program that went 0-12 the previous season and helped return the Huskies to respectability. He led Washington to a 34-29 record (24-21 Pac-12) in five seasons.
The Huskies (8-4) finished third in the Pac-12 North with a 5-4 conference record. They had three straight seven-win seasons entering this year.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve Sarkisian back to the Trojan Family,” Haden said in a statement. “We conducted a very exhaustive and thorough search, pinpointing about 20 candidates and interviewing five of them.”
“We kept coming back to Sark. He is the only one who was offered the job. I believe in my gut that he is the right coach for USC at this time,” Haden added.
According to sources, Orgeron was outraged by Haden’s decision even though he was offered an assistant head coaching position with one of the nation’s highest paid salary for the position.
“I am grateful to the University of Southern California for the great time I had here,” Orgeron said. “I’m especially grateful for the players on this year’s team, the coaching staff and the Trojan Family for the way they all fought through adversity and became one.”