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December 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC has hired Steve Sarkisian as its permanent head football coach, The Times has learned. Sarkisian, a former USC assistant who has been head coach at Washington for the last five seasons, interviewed with USC Athletic Director Pat Haden on Sunday. Sarkisian, 39, replaces interim coach Ed Orgeron, who guided USC to a 6-2 record after replacing the fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29. Sarkisian is 34-29 at Washington, including 8-4 this season. Sarkisian played quarterback at West Torrance High, El Camino College and BYU. He was an assistant on Pete Carroll's USC staff from 2001 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2008.
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April 18, 2014 | By Gary Klein
With USC preparing for its final spring practice Saturday at the Coliseum, Coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday released a depth chart that will look entirely different in the fall. More than 20 players -- including starters such as defensive lineman Leonard Williams, cornerback Josh Shaw and safety Su'a Cravens -- have been sidelined for all or part of spring workouts. They are among those not included on the depth chart. Sarkisian this week announced that Cody Kessler was the starting quarterback.
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December 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Steve Sarkisian is as good in a job interview as perhaps any coach in college football, and that is no doubt one reason why the former USC assistant landed the full-time job to lead the Trojans. After firing Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29, USC representatives contacted agents to gauge the interest of high-profile coaches such as Alabama's Nick Saban, a person close to the situation said. After speaking with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in November, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden eventually zeroed in on Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin, the source said, but Haden could not meet with him until after the Aggies' regular season was complete.
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April 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Four months ago, Clay Helton was drawing up a postseason game plan and overseeing USC's staff as interim coach of the Trojans. He guided USC to a Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State in December, and was subsequently rewarded when new Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian retained him as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Helton has spent the last four weeks installing the fast-paced, no-huddle offense that Sarkisian brought from Washington. The 41-year-old Helton had run a no-huddle system as Memphis' offensive coordinator before Lane Kiffin hired him at USC before the 2010 season.
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December 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday that he was "honored and humbled" to be the new head football coach at USC. "I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Sarkisian told a crowd of nearly 100 members of the media, family members and others at the McKay Center on the USC campus. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "I can't tell you the feeling I have. " Sarkisian, 39, replaced popular interim coach Ed Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record after taking over for Lane Kiffin earlier this season.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
USC made it official Monday afternoon, hours after the news first broke: Steve Sarkisian, 39, is the Trojans' new head football coach. And interim coach Ed Orgeron, a longtime USC assistant and recruiting coordinator, is out -- and also heading out of town. Orgeron told school officials he was "leaving USC to pursue head coaching opportunities. " PHOTOS: Steve Sarkisian through the years Various media reports said Orgeron was "outraged" by Athletic Director Pat Haden's decision to go with Sarkisian.
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September 15, 2009 | David Wharton
An early morning sun hits Lake Washington just right -- silvery, glittering -- as Steve Sarkisian guides his Mercedes onto a long bridge that stretches west. The moment could not be more perfect, not with a large iced coffee in the cup holder at his side and boats dotting the water as if placed there by an artist's hand. He points to a spot a mile or so ahead. The University of Washington's iconic football stadium comes into view at the far side of the lake, as if rising from the depths, its cantilevered steel roof catching the first light of day. "Check that out," Sarkisian said.
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December 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Tears streamed down the cheeks of USC players on Monday after they said an emotional goodbye to one coach and readied for the arrival of another. Steve Sarkisian, a former USC assistant who has been head coach at Washington for the last five seasons, was hired earlier in the day as the Trojans' head coach. Sarkisian, 39, replaces Ed Orgeron, who guided USC to a 6-2 record as interim coach after replacing the fired Lane Kiffin. "It's awesome to be home," Sarkisian said after meeting with the team Monday night.
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December 7, 2013
I have to believe that even the most devout of the USC faithful are viewing Pat Haden's hiring of Steve Sarkisian with cautious optimism. To the objective observer, this move smacks of a reluctance to distance the program from the specter of Pete Carroll. In sum, not a choice that shows much imagination. Bud Chapman Northridge :: In the words of an L.A. icon, Sgt. Joe Friday, just the facts: Lane Kiffin's record at USC was 28-15; Steve Sarkisian's record at Washington was 34-29.
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December 2, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
At first glance, sure, it seems USC is outrageously placing its wobbly football program in the hands of a guy who was part of the regime which sent it staggering. How could the Trojans hire Steve Sarkisian when he is so closely tied to a coach they just fired two months ago, his former coaching buddy, Lane Kiffin? How could they hire Sarkisian just four seasons after USC was punished by the NCAA for infractions that occurred while he worked as a top assistant to coach Pete Carroll?
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April 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
As USC reached the midway point of spring workouts Thursday, Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to shake things up. About an hour into the Trojans' eighth practice, players gathered in an end zone at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field for a competitive one-on-one drill. A dance contest. Players whooped and hollered as teammates squared off in the surprise competition as music blared from sideline speakers. "Guys have some moves and some guys don't," Sarkisian said. "I think some guys might listen to country music.
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March 11, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Steve Sarkisian was on the move. He showed a USC tailback how to shed a defender. He lined up opposite receivers, forcing them to make decisions on pass routes. And he kept up a running dialogue with quarterbacks, while running from one end of the field to the other. "These guys like to work," he shouted as he and the Trojans hustled from drill to drill. "I love it. " That was the scene Tuesday as the 40-year-old Sarkisian ushered in a new era at USC by overseeing his first practice as the Trojans' head coach.
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March 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
A new era begins Tuesday at USC. Steve Sarkisian, who was hired in December, will oversee his first spring workout as the Trojans' coach. The tumult that marked the 2013 season - the Trojans were playing for their third head coach when they defeated Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, with a fourth (Sarkisian) already hired - has been replaced by optimism as the team prepares for a 2014 schedule that includes home games against Fresno State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Colorado, California and Notre Dame and road games at Stanford, Boston College, Arizona, Utah, Washington State and UCLA.
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February 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
National signing day could not have gone better for USC. New Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff closed with a flourish as three top Southland players announced Wednesday that they would become Trojans. Bellflower St. John Bosco lineman Damien Mama, Gardena Serra cornerback and receiver Adoree' Jackson and Long Beach Poly receiver and defensive back John "Juju" Smith said during news conferences at their schools that they were headed to USC. Euphoria pulsated through USC's McKay Center and on Trojans-related message boards as the announcements were made.
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February 4, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Steve Sarkisian became USC's coach in December and he did not complete his staff until two weeks ago. But Sarkisian is confident that on Wednesday, the first day that high school football players can sign national letters of intent, the Trojans staff will close a short recruiting season with a flourish. "It's always great to make a statement there at the very end," Sarkisian said. Sarkisian's first USC class will be the final one recruited and signed under NCAA sanctions.
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February 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The NCAA has informed the University of Washington that it has completed an inquiry and does not plan to take action stemming from allegations that a former assistant football coach who worked under Steve Sarkisian paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit. The NCAA investigated allegations that former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi gave $4,500 to a former high school track coach to pay for academic services for Andrew Basham, who signed with Washington in February 2013 but did not qualify academically to enroll.
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December 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
LAS VEGAS - New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian could face penalties, including suspension, if allegations that an assistant on his Washington staff paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit are found to be true. The allegations, first reported in The Times, surround the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High in Washington, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies in February but did not qualify academically to enroll. Compliance officials from USC and Washington and possibly the NCAA are scheduled to meet Friday in Seattle with Mike Davis, who alleged that Tosh Lupoi, Washington's defensive line coach, gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company.
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February 3, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Adrian Klemm knows how the other half lives. The UCLA offensive line coach returned from a recruiting trip in December, only to find he was the one being wooed. USC Coach Steve Sarkisian had called to make Klemm an offer few could refuse, one that all but included the deed to the McKay Center. But UCLA Coach Jim Mora was on his way to the airport to greet Klemm carrying his own offer, one unprecedented for a Bruins assistant coach. Klemm, selected the Pac-12 Conference's recruiter of the year in 2012 by the recruiting websites Sports 24/7 and Scout.com, stayed with UCLA, accepting an offer believed to be about $700,000 annually.
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