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Steve Sarkisian Accepts USC Head Coaching Job

Stephen Dunn

According to multiple sources, including ESPN's Joe Schad, USC has hired Steve Sarkisian from Washington to become the Trojans next head football coach.

Another source told ESPN that USC had interviewed Sarkisian, 39, over the weekend and he confirmed those reports on Monday on Sports Radio KJR in Seattle.

In five seasons at Washington beginning in 2009, Sarkisian led the Huskies to a 34-29 overall record and a 24-21 record in the Pac-12. Last season, his team went 8-4 and 5-4 in conference.

Sarkisian previously served as an assistant coach at USC under Pete Carroll from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008. Interestingly enough, he worked alongside Ed Orgeron during his first stint with the Trojans as well. Sarkisian interviewed with USC Athletic Director Pat Haden on Sunday and reportedly accepted the job early this morning.

He replaces interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record after replacing Lane Kiffin, who was relieved of his head coaching duties on Sept. 29.

Per Ryan Abraham of, Orgeron has resigned from the team.

The Southern California native, in Sarkisian, has signed a five-year deal with USC, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.