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USC Hires Steve Sarkisian as Head Coach

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USC has hired Washington Huskies head coach and former Trojan assistant coach Steve Sarkisian as their new football head coach.

The 39-year old Torrance native played quarterback at West Torrance High and El Camino College before transferring to BYU. He joined Pete Carroll's coaching staff at USC in 2001 as quarterbacks coach, went to the Oakland Raiders in 2004 in the same position before returning to USC the following year.

He was hired by the University of Washington in 2009 as head coach. After a losing first season, the Huskies have been bowl-eligible in the last four seasons although they have not been able to compete for a Pac-12 title during his tenure — he has not led the Huskies to more than eight wins.

Sarkisian will replace interim head coach Ed Orgeron who has turned around a team that started 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12 under Lane Kiffin to 9-4 with their loss against UCLA last week their only conference loss since he took over.