Steve Sarkisian leaving Washington for USC head-coaching job, Huskies say

There have also been reports that USC is holding a team meeting around the same time as Washington's, at which time players from each team could be told the news. It could also become more clear then how the Huskies will move forward as they prepare for a bowl game.
Dec 3, 2013

 

SEATTLE _ Washington's Steve Sarkisian will be named the next head coach at USC, according to multiple Husky players.
Washington was to hold team meeting late Monday afternoon. to inform the players.
As of yet there is no official confirmation from either school. There have also been reports that USC is holding a team meeting around the same time as Washington's, at which time players from each team could be told the news. It could also become more clear then how the Huskies will move forward as they prepare for a bowl game.
Players on both teams have also reacted to the news via social media.
CBSsports.com was one of several news outlets that reported that the deal was being finalized this morning. ESPN is reporting that Sarkisian has agreed to become the Trojans' new coach. The LA Daily News reported that Sarkisian will get a five-year contract.
Sarkisian, 39, spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at USC under Pete Carroll in the 2000s. He was 34 when he landed his first head-coaching job with the Huskies in 2009, taking over a Washington team that finished 0-12 in 2008.
At USC Sarkisian will take over for interim coach Ed Orgeron, who was named to replace the fired Lane Kiffin in September.
Sarkisian is 34-29 in five seasons at Washington. He just finished his best season with the Huskies, with Friday's 27-17 victory over Washington State leaving UW with an 8-4 record in the regular season.
A Torrance, Calif., native, Sarkisian played baseball briefly on partial scholarship at USC for one season before eventually landing at BYU as a quarterback. He then joined Carroll's staff at USC in 2001.
Sarkisian becomes the first UW coach to leave voluntarily for another job since Darrell Royal departed for Texas following the 1956 season. Since then, six UW coaches either retired or were fired.
Under his current employment contract with the UW, Sarkisian faces penalties for breaching his contract and leaving early.
The contract states that should Sarkisian leave before the end of his third contract year _ Jan. 31, 2014 _ he "shall pay the University $1,500,000." But if Sarkisian leaves after that date, he'll be penalized $1 million, the contract says.

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