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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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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Arizona football: Live blog from Pac-12 Media Days
» UA football: Cats take turn in Hollywood spotlight
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal
» Arizona football: Hill named to another watch list

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Doug Haller's Pac-12 football preseason ballot
» Pac-12 football media day: Latest news, updates
» Ranking 50 best college basketball players
» ASU is hard to figure for Pac-12 poll

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes says this football season will be different
» Oregon picked over Stanford to win Pac-12 North
» Live udpates: Pac-12 Football Media Day 1, Wednesday at 8 a.m.
» Local digest: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry in hunt at Lake Tahoe golf tournament

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Greg Henderson ready to etch name with list of CU's four-year starters
» CU's MacIntyre knows what to expect from new safety addition
» Rick George: CU Buffs should play bowl game this season, Pac-12 championship by 2016
» Frei: Rick George moves CU athletics forward but has work to do

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon's Christian Brennan advances in women's 400 meters: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014
» Oregon's Marcus Mariota featured in Pac-12 video on education
» Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says 'collegiate model working for vast majority of student-athletes'
» The UO track program is unhappy about Team USA's decision in the women's 800 at the World Juniors: Oregon track & field rundown

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, SJSU game might move to Levi's Stadium
» Oregon picked over Stanford to win Pac-12 North
» Live udpates: Pac-12 Football Media Day 1, Wednesday at 8 a.m.
» WNBA All-Star game: Chiney Ogwumike gets even with sister

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)
» Huskies picked to finish third in Pac-12 football preseason poll
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Offensive line
» Pac-12 football media day live, July 23
» Jahmel Taylor looking to bounce back from tough first year at Washington

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Bronze may be Sherman's favorite color
» Pac-12 Media Day (live stream)
» Petrino, Idaho at Sun Belt media day
» College football is just around the corner



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