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(FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian yells from the sidelines in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Seattle. Sarkisian has accepted the Southern California coaching job, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press) . The person spoke Monday Nov. 2, 2013 on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made by either school. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
USC's hiring affects Utah, BYU

USC's hiring of Steve Sarkisian as the Trojans' football coach affects Washington, Utah and potentially BYU.

Sarkisian's return to USC, where he spent seven years as an assistant coach, is a rare intra-conference move. So the hiring obviously impacts Washington, which is now searching for a coach, besides enhancing the competition for Utah in the Pac-12 South. And considering how Washington is the likely opponent for BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl, the Huskies' uncertain staffing situation probably gives the Cougars a better chance of winning that Dec. 27 game in San Francisco.

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Above all, Sarkisian's move is a classic case of good timing in a coaching career. There were rumblings about his status in Seattle in the middle of his fifth season, when the Huskies were wobbling and he seemed unlikely to push through the seven-win ceiling. But Washington responded with four wins in their last five games, finishing 8-4. That made the former BYU quarterback marketable to USC.

Sarkisian did a nice rebuilding job at Washington, having taken over an 0-11 team. The Huskies lost to BYU in 2010, but they beat Utah in 2011 and '12. And now he'll be facing the Utes every year in the Pac-12 South.

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» UA football: My AP Top 25 poll
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» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
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» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown

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» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
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Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford: Cardinal coach Shaw says he, USC's Sarkisian have no animosity
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
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USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
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Washington (Seattle Times)
» Matisse Thybulle returns from Cal; Oregon and Zags next
» Huskies fall out of AP Top 25
» Lauren Jackson undergoes another surgery that increases doubt in WNBA return
» My AP Top 25: Georgia, Texas A&M rise; Huskies out

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
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