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December 2, 2013

Steve Sarkisian reportedly interviewed for USC coaching job

by Jared

The USC head coaching search is picking up steam, with Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian reportedly one of the candidates who was interviewed for the position. According to, Sarkisian met with USC over the weekend.

Sarkisian confirmed that he spoke with USC athletic director Pat Haden during an interview with KJR-Radio in Seattle on Monday, though he stopped short of calling it an “interview.” He said he is not that far along with USC yet for it to be considered an interview, though it seems obvious that there is mutual interest.

A report on Sunday indicated that James Franklin and Chris Petersen are two of the top candidates for the job, with the intention of keeping current interim head coach Ed Orgeron on-staff as the highest-paid associate head coach in the nation.

Franklin seems like the most likely candidate given his resume and the fact that accepting a job at USC would be a clear upgrade over Vanderbilt. That being said, Sarkisian spent several seasons as a quarterbacks coach at USC in the mid-2000s and served as the team’s associate head coach and offensive coordinator from 2007-2008 before taking the job at Washington. It makes perfect sense that the 39-year-old, who has compiled a 34-29 record at Washington, would be a top candidate.

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