Steve Sarkisian has reportedly accepted the USC job.
Hearing from a good source Steve Sarkisian will be named the next head coach at #USC.
Tough loss for UW.
Tough gain for USC.
I'm sure USC tried for Petersen, as will Washington.
I think Sarkisian was their first choice.
Yeah they said Peterson withdrew his name as a candidate
They wanted Sark. They actually reached out to John Harbaugh as a long shot and Del Rio...as a back-up. But after Sumlin re-upped, and Coach O lost to UCLA, Sark was their #1 choice.
He is a good coach and good recruiter, and he should have been hired over Kiffin the last time around.
He was their #1 5th choice.
Reading comprehension isn't one of your strengths. But you are strong when it comes to snarky, trolling comments...keep up the good work.
Why do you say they weren't interested in Peterson? I read Peterson withdrew after there was mutual interest. That doesn't mean he was above Sark, but he was an option.
I know you're a big SC football guy, what do you think about this? I think it's pretty uninspiring. If Sark hadn't been an SC guy before, he'd never get considered. Washington was bad before he got there, but in 5 years he really hasn't done much. It also sounds like Coach O is leaving. To me, Kiff w/ Orgeron is just as good as Sark without him but we'll see.
Coach O with money for coordinators > Sark. Losing him will also be a huge blow to a team that loves the guy and totally bought in when he got the job under difficult circumstances.
As an SC alum, I'm pretty disgusted with the hire and I don't know anybody who is happy about it. I thought Haden would aim higher, but even guys like James Franklin, Tim DeRuyter, etc. have better resumes. Hell, they could have offered to pay Dantonio as much as anybody in the country.
This is a great day for the other teams in the conference. And it opens up the school to major negative recruiting (How can you trust the guy who bailed on one conference job for another and was selling you UW a week ago but now is selling USC?). SC will get a bump when the sanctions end, but I don't ever see greatness from Steve Sarkisian. Mora, Graham, Rodriguez, and Shaw just got a big boost.
As a family member of many UW alumns and a Seattle-ite, I am thrilled that USC is taking Sark off our hands! There is no reason 7 to 8 wins should be where UW plateaus. Only a coach who can't win big plateaus there in Seattle. I feel for the sanity of your fandom, but just as you said, I am one of the many in this ordeal that stand to benefit greatly by keeping that lackluster dope perpetually underwhelming at the flagship football program of the conference. Personally, I hope UW steals Mora, an alumn, back. However, I think Mora has more integrity and loyalty to his players than Sark. He's an example of a great Pac-12 coach who is capable of winning like Sark never did. You guys just hired 2013 Brady Hoke!
...boosters and usually have a good pulse of what is going on with the program. Once Kiffin was canned, boosters wanted (and thought they would get) a Gruden, John Harbaugh, etc. (Much like Michigan fans post RR expecting the HR hire). After Coach O brought new life to the program...many were swept up and wanted Coach O. However, after the loss to UCLA the feel good story came crashing down. There was some talk of CP and Franklin, but outside of Sumlin, Stark was at the top of the list (for Haden). Personally I think CP is an amazing coach that would do well anywhere.
From what I am hearing, most people like Sark, know he is a good coach and great recruiter on the west coast, but are very underwhelmed by the hire. Personally, I like the hire, and was annoyed when Garrett hired Kiffin, not Sark, post Carroll. Haden is a great athletic director, and I trust his hire.
I don't have the connections you have, but I have lots of friends and some family who are alumni, and no one is really mad about this but most are underwhelmed. Everyone I've talked to fall into two groups: The group saying they wanted an established, successful HC, and the group you would fall into, where the general feeling is "he's a really good guy, he's local, he can recruit."
The big thing I have a problem with is that you really can't point to anything he's done as a HC and say "that's why we hired him." He started to turn around Washington, but either failed or needed more than 5 years to do it.
I think the "he's a great recruiter" part is overblown at a school like SC. I'm sure anyone they would have hired would have been a good recruiter. And if you can win at a school like SC, you don't even need to be a good recruiter, it just happens.
Also heard an interesting fact that Coach O won more Pac 12 games in his interim season at USC (6) than Sark has ever won in a full season at Washington (5).
I've heard a handful of people saying that today too. USC got to miss Oregon this year (which Sark was never able to do) so that helps. But yeah, Washington has really never been able to do much in conference, has never won any decent OOC games and is 1-2 in bowls under Sark.
Antagonistic disingenuous devil's advocate, or are we spared another week of your contrary trolling?
But not to 5.
I'm a little surprised that CP is so content at Boise. But he's comfortable there.
I bet June Jones really wishes that he stayed at Hawaii
I've been in similar situations and can see where CP is coming from. It's just so against the grain and is actually a little refreshing. I bet Washington still lobs a phone call though. Can't hurt.
Doesn't he have some family reasons for not really wanting to pick up and move to a higher profile job?
Things are going to get harder at Boise for him. You can only get by recruiting the isle of misfit toys for so long until the big boys start cherry picking your commits to fill their classes.
I think there's some health concerns related to his son? And somehow Boise actually is the perfect place for him.
I see this like the Belichick coordinators who do not pan out on their own. Sark should have a better offense at USC, not sure he can run the same type of program that was dominant under Carroll.
Peterson needs to stop screwing around and consider if he wants to spend his whole career at Boise and forgo a huge payday that could set his family up for generations. The bloom is starting to come off. Ask Gary Patterson, not hearing his name much anymore.
Petersen's making over $2 million a year (with guaranteed annual $200K raises) at Boise, and is absolutely beloved there - it would take a long time for him to be on the hot seat. He's doing pretty well for himself. His predecessors at Boise all failed to find success elsewhere, so why risk it?
Boise's also an underrated place to live.
I hope this is not true. I actually like Sark.
With this year, his 5th, being his best year at 8-4. Meh
That program was a wreck when he got there; and despite the facilities and amazing stadium, it has never been easy to get top notch kids up to Seattle. I never really understood that either, the area is great, and so is the university.
"it has never been easy to get top notch kids up to Seattle"
Times change. UW has great potential, but it's definitely harder to recruit there than USC, UCLA, etc.
No offense, but that has been the case since college football began on the west coast in the 1800's. Like MGrowOld said, that didn't stop men like Don James from getting the best to go there. Winning is the greatest recruiter. Just look at Stanford and Oregon and the talent they pull in these days - because they win. Sark had a tougher time because he didn't win. Washington state has produced the nation's top rated pocket QB twice in the past three national signing classes and missed out on both. This is not normal for UW. Traditionally, UW holds onto in-state talent and recruits Cali, especially So-Cal, very well. It is only when the program imploded after they fired Neuhiesel and stopped winning that their recruiting success changed. Sark sux. Good riddance!
Palo Alto is a pretty nice place to live, and Oregon has perhaps the best facilities in the country. I'm not saying there aren't nice things about Seattle, but it's not like Stanford and Oregon don't have some environmental things going in their favor, too...
Oregons emergence the past 10 years is Washingtons biggest recruiting problem.
but they don't recruit the same athletes these days. Oregon likes 'em lean and fast. UW only begun to seriously dabble with the spread this season. They may begin to target the same athletes more often going forward, but UW's lost more in-state five-star O-linemen to the Stanford's and USC's of the world, and more in-state five star QB's to the USC's and BYU than Oregon. Defenders like Taylor Mays bolted Ty Willingham's winless ways for USC as well.
I guess I should've said recently, which is what I meant.
Sark has actually been recruiting pretty well--including signing a number of former Michigan targets (Shaq Thompson, Sean Parker, and Demorea Stringfellow, for instance). 8-4 may not sound all that impressive, but the team went 0-12 the year before Sarkisian arrived and they play in the same division as Stanford and Oregon.
I think they just finished some of those facilities and the stadium. Might not have had time to impact recruiting. And really, it must be hard to recruit on the basis of "facilities" when you're competing with Oregon for a lot of the same kids.
is breathtaking. Station at Fort Lewis in mid-90's....LOVED IT THERE!!!!
There was a reason why he had the nickname "Seven win Steve"
I felt Sark was the right choice for USC all along, which is exactly why I was hoping Pat Haden would have a brain cramp and hire someone else. If this is true, USC will be back on top within three years: possibly two.
Has to suck when kids go to a college for a coach they like then he leaves. I know the coach isn't always the reason but still. Good for USC though!
Already missin u, (Interim) Coach O.
While I get the sentiment, there is a difference between stepping in as an interim and taking the reins long term. I know nothing of Orgeron's ability to run a program, but this seems to be a case of looking longer term.
Well, right. If I'm not mistaken, Orgeron was on record saying he didn't really want the job and wanted to go back to being a coordinator/recruiter. I just flat out love the guy because he's pretty much a real life Muppet, and that personality gets hidden once you go back in the booth.
Coach O won 6 Pac-12 games this year (despite getting hired in the middle of a shitshow season and dealing with severe sanctions). Steve Sarkisian has never done that in five full seasons.
Good for him, I'm sure he's gna have a nice pay day...I did like coach O tho and thought he'd have a good chance especially with the players backing him
The way I look at it, I'd welcome a dominant USC program back to college football. It would divert a lot of top recruits away from the SEC, and break up the seeming monopoly they have down there right now.
I wonder if UW goes after Mora. That would piss off the Pac 12 commish to no end with all of this internal poaching going on.