The USC Trojans have found their new head coach and that man is former USC assistant and former Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian. He is also bring three of his assistants from Washington with him to USC: Johnny Nansen, Keith Heyward and Peter Sirmon.
“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 he was keeping wide receivers coach Tee Martin. Sarkisian would like to bring his defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox with him, but that depends on his interview with Boise State for their vacant head coaching position.
As of right now, the buyouts for Sarkisian and his three assistants total in excess of $1.5 million, according to a report from the Seattle Times on Friday. Wilcox coming to USC would push that number over $2 million.
Sarkisian has gotten support from former USC head coach Pete Carroll, who currently coaches in Washington with the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m thrilled for him. This is a life-long dream for him. As a kid that grew up in Southern California, there’s no coach that they could have hired that understands L.A. better and what that’s all about. That’s my opinion,” Carroll said, via Yahoo Sports.