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Former BYU QB Steve Sarkisian accepts USC coaching job

Published December 2, 2013 4:43 pm

College football • Ex-BYU quarterback replaces Kiffin as Trojans coach.
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Los Angeles • Steve Sarkisian was named the head coach at Southern California on Monday, leaving Washington to return to the Trojans' storied football program for another run at national titles.

Two days after USC's regular season ended with a home loss to UCLA, Trojans athletic director Pat Haden replaced interim coach Ed Orgeron with yet another assistant coach from Pete Carroll's championship-winning era at the school.

The 39-year-old Sarkisian is a Los Angeles-area native who went 34-29 in five seasons at Washington, rebuilding a decimated program into a bowl contender. He is the permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin, his former co-offensive coordinator at USC under Carroll.

Sarkisian will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

Kiffin was fired in late September and replaced by Orgeron, who didn't get the permanent job from Haden despite going 6-2.

Crosstown rival UCLA trounced USC 35-14 Saturday in what turned out to be the Trojans' final game under Orgeron, who resigned Monday after failing to get the head job.

Haden didn't immediately announce who will coach the Trojans in their bowl game later this month, but it could be Sarkisian, who immediately left Washington.