Report: USC Trojans steal head coach Steve Sarkisian from Washington Huskies

Coach Steve Sarkisian leads his Washington Huskies out of their smoke-shot tunnel. - Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Coach Steve Sarkisian leads his Washington Huskies out of their smoke-shot tunnel.
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The Washington Huskies are on the hunt for a new head coach, courtesy of Southern California.

The Dawgs' boss, Steve Sarkisian, has reportedly been hired as the new coach of the USC Trojans, who are currently led by interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin in September.

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The Huskies went 8-4 this season in the Pac-12 under Sarkisian, and 34-29 with him through the past five seasons. Sarkisian had interviewed with USC for the somewhat vacant coaching position this weekend. He was an assistant coach with the Trojans from 2001-2003 and 2005-2008.

"I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships," Sarkisian in a statement. "I can't wait to get started."

During his first stint at USC, Sarkisian worked with Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He also coached Heisman trophy winner and current Detroit Lions back Reggie Bush, although Sarkisian primarily worked with quarterbacks.

Sarkisian was the offensive coordinator for USC under Pete Carroll, who led the Trojans to two national championships. Carroll is currently the head coach for the Seattle Seahawks – which obviously shares a city with the university Huskies.

The Trojans had reportedly expressed interest in keeping Orgeron on Southern California's coaching staff, but he resigned today – the same day he was evidently passed over for the head coaching gig.

Orgeron led the Trojans to a 6-2 record this season after Kiffin's enforced departure.

As for the Huskies, their regular season is over but Washington still has a Bowl Game to prepare for. That fact and Sarkisian's exodus to USC prompted this apparent quote from quarterback Keith Price on Monday:

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