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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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California (East Bay Tribune)
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» Former Cal great Earl Robinson passes away at 77
» Local sports digest: San Jose's Aaron Gordon has seven points, five rebounds in NBA summer league debut

Colorado (Denver Post)
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» Denver Post launches new sports app for iOS, Android devices
» CU regents extend contracts for Buffs basketball coaches Tad Boyle, Linda Lappe through 2019

Oregon (The Oregonian)
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford basketball player Reid Travis has knee surgery
» Local sports digest: San Jose's Aaron Gordon has seven points, five rebounds in NBA summer league debut
» Cal's Kameron Rooks likely to miss basketball season after knee surgery
» Local digest: Former Cal star Richard Solomon will play for Houston Rockets in summer league

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

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
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Isaiah Thomas headed to Phoenix Suns
» Storm plans championship night; Russell Wilson a women's soccer fan
» Morning links: More preseason recognition for UW defense
» Obituary: Luther Carr Jr. made name at UW in football and track

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Shock, Rattlers resume rivalry
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» Indians capture another NWL series



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