The USC Trojans head coaching search has come to an end and they’ve selected Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad. Boise State’s Chris Peterson withdrew from the USC coaching search earlier in the day and Schad suggests that Peterson could be a candidate to replace Sarkisian at Washington.
Steve Sarkisian has accepted the USC head coaching position
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 2, 2013
It was just this morning that Sarkisian confirmed that he discussed the job, but denied interviewing for it.
“I didn’t interview for the job,” Sarkisian told KJR, via the Seattle Times. “They (USC) reached out and I talked to them (this weekend).”
In September, Sarkisian denied being interested in the vacant position.
“I have great respect for USC and the rich history and tradition they have. But I’m proud to be the head coach of the 15th-ranked team in America right now and all the hard work we’ve put into this program the last five years to get to this point to be in an awesome matchup on national television this Saturday night against a national championship contender in Stanford,” Sarkisian said, via Pro Football Talk. “That’s where my focus is.”
Apparently that has changed now.
Sarkisian has a 34-29 record as the head coach of Washington and a 24-21 record within the PAC-12. Sarkisian also was an assistant coach at USC before going to Washington. From 2001-03 he held the position of quarterbacks coach. From 2005 to 2008 he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.