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  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 6, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    @myperspective...

    This thread is great entertainment...Particularly if you like comedy...

    You said: "USC cares plenty about Utah every time they have to play them. What you really should be asking is if Sark cares about byu. Based on his comments the last he was at byu with his Huskies, I have to say...no."

    The only time that Washington played BYU in Sark's tenure was in 2010 (the season opener and it was in Provo on the bottom half of a "Home and Home"... the Huskies lost)... And here is a sentence from what Sarkesian said to the press on his way back to Seattle following the game...

    "I'm proud of the effort that we played with in this ball game. When I look at the game that we went on the road against a perennial top-25 opponent in a tough environment..."

    He goes on to talk about their mistakes and how they should be possibly trying to schedule lesser opponents in Preseason in the future...

    Nowhere, in any article did he disparage his or his teams experience in playing the Cougars.

    Perhaps a little homework would help you my friend... particularly when it comes to accuracy.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 6, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    @two4flinching

    I'm sorry, I am still laughing... Did you actually read your comment before posting it??? I know you meant it as a zinger against the DN and BYU fans but I am pretty sure that you can do better.

    Let me ask you a couple of questions... Do you know where KW played college ball? I can tell you where Bronco played college ball... And I can tell you where Lavell Edwards played college ball...

    Furthermore, the DN is a paper that caters to Utah athletics (including BYU)... They don't cater to Southern California Readers or USC fans... Do you think that it is a point of interest to fans of BYU that their former QB is now the Head Coach of possibly the most storied collegiate Football Programs west of the Rocky Mountains?

    An amazing comment to say the least.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    poyman

    "Utah has never beaten the Huskies and are something like 0-5 lifetime against Washington..."

    Actually 0-8 (0-2 under Whittingham)

    Chris Peterson confirmed as Washington's new head coach today. It's possible that BYU could be facing the same head coach, coaching two different teams, in the same season.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    Actually Spokane ute, you're not being brutally honest about Sark, you're being simply wrong...

    I love both BYU and Washington and Sark resurrected an all but dead football program... He took over in Seattle in 2009 after the team had gone 0-12 the previous year and went 5-7... He's qualified 3 straight years for a bowl game and his team has been ranked on numerous occasions over the past 3 years...

    He has also routinely beat the Trojans (even when they were very good and ranked in the top 5 in the country)... Utah has never beaten the Huskies and are something like 0-5 lifetime against Washington... The USC Athletic Department are well acquainted with Sark as he coached there for about 3 years as both QB coach under Norm Chow and OC under Carroll... I think that his credentials are far better than KWs (two coaches definitely going in opposite directions)...

    I am guessing the Sarks move to USC probably comes with about a 50% salary increase... I suspect he will be making around $4 Million next year.

    And I would wager that Peterson from Boise State will be the new Husky Head Coach.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    "So awesome to see byu fans interested in a coaching shuffle in our conference.

    Hey, Des News...why is this story on the byu board?"

    Hypothetically, if Texas fired Mack Brown and hired Brian Johnson as their new head coach, do you think it will appear on the Utah sports pages on the Deseret News?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    @ Uteanymous

    Sark being hired by USC has far more to do with with the PAC-12 than it does with BYU. And I'm willing to bet most USC fans don't know, or even care, where Sark played college ball. It's cool how you think you can speak for one of the largest fan bases in college athletics though.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Every time there is any article that has "BYU" or "Mormon" in it, the sale of blood pressure meds go thru the roof. Some people just can't stand it when someone they hate is successful.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Local sports radio personalities here in Seattle are hoping against hope that Mora leaves UCLA to take the UW job. I think it's a stretch, but he has very deep ties to the school and the community. We'll have to wait and see.

    Also funny to see some Ute fans' dog-in-the-manger attitude about Cougar fans commenting on their recently-beloved conference. For a huge percentage of--and perhaps the majority of--BYU grads and fans who are not from Utah, we also root for local teams where we live or grew up, and many of us have been PAC-affiliated since before many of you were in diapers.

    "LOL."

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    "I'm wondering if he keeps Coach O. If he doesn't he may have a difficult time winning the team over. Coach O has been successful and popular among his players. I was surprised he didn't get the job."

    Coach O re-signed as soon as this news broke. I do not blame him however, it's tough to blame SC for not hiring him given his recent head coaching record.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 3, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    At myperspective

    I don't know who Washington is targeting, but Gary Pinkel (Missouri) and Jim Mora (UCLA) would both be great. They have Washington ties, but I don't know if UW could lure them away.

    I have no idea why what article is on what page. Sark was a BYU QB though; of course.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Why does every story on the sports pages turn into a Utah vs BYU rant? Congrats to Sark and good luck.

  • Dave Sommers Smyrna, TN
    Dec. 3, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    Gotta love it! Kiffen was a confusing hire out here in Tennessee. To us, he was even more confusing for USC. Some folks are hired to help clean up things and because of trust establish over time with certain ties.

    Urban Mires made this BYU alum a Utes fan, Whit isn't helping much, but I still root for them in the Pac 12. Never against the Cougars, of course.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 12:57 a.m.

    I hope Washington grabs Gary Andersen if he can break his contract at Wisconsin. But, they might get Coach O. He resigned at USC today after the news.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 12:05 a.m.

    Chris B,

    When you say that BYU hasn't had a great season in 20 years you obviously have let your zeal for hating on all things BYU again clouds your capacity to correctly state the facts. One particular season comes to mind that quite definitely falls within your 20 year timeframe. 1996, led by Sark himself, BYU had season that not even your Utes have ever accomplished. BYU won 14 games. The first college football team to have ever done so. It's only loss? Ironically, they lost to Washington at Washington. BYU went onto beat Kansas St. In the Cotton Bowl.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    noperspective

    "So awesome to see BYU fans interested in a coaching shuffle in our conference."

    Try reading the headline:

    "Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian hired to be next head coach at USC"

    Most USC fans are acutely aware of Sark's connection to BYU; most of them still have a hard time remembering that Utah was invited to be their whipping boy.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    Uteology

    "what I don't understand is why Baylor and TCU are in the Big 12"

    LOL at your pretended ignorance. You and I both know that BYU's no Sunday play policy (along with BYU wanting to retain rebroadcast rights to BYU sports) are the only reasons BYU isn't in the Big 12. The excellence of BYU's athletic programs, which are far superior to Utah's, has never been an issue for either the PAC 12 or Big 12.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    Congratulations to the new sc coach...

    That being said...

    This is a classic example of why recruits/players should have the same flexibility as coaches.

    If an HC leaves...hanging recruits and current players out to dry...looking for a new opportunity without any punishment/sanctions...etc...etc....

    Why not give players the same opportunity without any loss of eligibility/punishment?

    The old excuse about maintaining competitive balance is nothing more than an old excuse.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    MP
    "What you really should be asking is if Sark cares about byu. Based on his comments the last he was at byu with his Huskies, I have to say...no."

    Uh, Sark was on with all the other QB greats from BYU during media days. He had nothing but praise and said there are still times he misses that atmosphere. He was joking with all the other QBs and talking nothing but praise for BYU and did joke about the fact that Washington can't seem to beat the Cougars lately. Not sure what comments you're referring to, but Sark is competitive and isn't going to back down from BYU or not be aggressive with them when he plays them like anyone else.

    I can understand the delay in posting causing you to repeat the question, my bad. Still doesn't matter...this article is in the main sports section without going to BYU or Utah so it just doesn't seem to be that big a deal.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    MyPerspective:
    "It's looking like SC fans are not so excited about this".

    That's certainly not an accurate portrayal. If you look at the comment boards for the LA Times it's really a mixed bag. Some SC fans are happy with the hire while others aren't. News flash: that's usually how it is after any hire. I remember hearing all the complaints from SC fans when they hired Carroll. My father in law is an SC fan and he's thrilled with this hire but wasn't happy about the Carroll hire...he obviously changed his tune. Sark is NOT Kiffin by a long shot...if you think they're similar you don't watch much CFB. I remember Kiffin at Tennessee coaching in SEC country and he was never welcome and could never compete. And to those saying he's done nothing at U dub...try and remember what Washington's record was before he came along. Can you say 0-12? I'd say 8-4 from 0-12 increasing wins every year isn't too shabbie and the talent he'll have at SC dwarfs that of UW.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    Cougsndawgs
    "The article could just as easily have been on both the Utah and BYU boards, but I have to ask...why do you care what board it's on?"

    Well, it's very simple, Cougsndawgs...I have to go to the byu page to find news on our conference. The reason it appears that I've asked the same question is because it took the Des News monitors so long to post my first question. Did you even think about that? I think it's clear why I'm interested.

    USC cares plenty about Utah every time they have to play them. What you really should be asking is if Sark cares about byu. Based on his comments the last he was at byu with his Huskies, I have to say...no.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:12 p.m.

    MyPerspective:
    It's really not that difficult...Sark played football at BYU and is now the head coach at USC. The article could just as easily have been on both the Utah and BYU boards, but I have to ask...why do you care what board it's on? USC doesn't care about Utah, and their new head coach has absolutely no Ute ties, so it just seems silly that you've asked the same question twice now, that no one else seems concerned about. Obvioulsy it matters to you so maybe you can elaborate as to why.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 2, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    Seriously? You want to know why the hiring of Sark is on a BYU page??? Wow. Must not have anything to do with the fact that Sark was QB at BYU for 2 years and led them to a top 10 finish. Other than than, no reason at all.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    Dec. 2, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    "Can you explain to me why this story, regarding our Pac-12, is on the byu pages?"

    The answer's in the story's title. A little reading goes a long ways.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    "Mypespective is right on the mark. USC will end up regretting this; just like hiring Kiffin. A lot of fans tooting Sarks horn, simply because he played at BYU. His record at Washington: 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 and 8-4. Never, ever sniffed a Rose Bowl, but he's a great coach and a great hire. Yeah, right! Just being brutally honest; someone has to be!"

    Thanks, Spokane Ute. To be fair, I think you need to delineate between the fans you refer to as tooting Sarks horn. It's looking like SC fans are not so excited about this. Also it will be interesting to watch who Washington goes after. Rumors are that Mora at UCLA would take the job in a heartbeat...he's a Washington alum. This could become the Pac-12 coaching shuffle.

    Can you explain to me why this story, regarding our Pac-12, is on the byu pages?

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    So awesome to see byu fans interested in a coaching shuffle in our conference.

    Hey, Des News...why is this story on the byu board?

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Dec. 2, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    @eastcoastcoug:
    Yeah, the radio jock apologized all over himself about "having to ask the question," but there has to be a better way of answering (or non-answering) rather than with an outright lie, which is sure what it sounded like.

    The trust of players is key to long-term success, and from reports I've heard second and third hand from some of the kids on the Husky squad, he's got a reputation of being pretty slippery with them too. Hope that's wrong. I want to see USC return to prominence.

  • TruthBTold SLC, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Hold on..., is this a new day dawning? No negative BYU comments from little sister? Is that because a BYU Alum is about to take the reigns of the most prestigious school in the PAC-10.2, and there's nothing witty to be said? Afterall, how can you put down this BYU-Alum and still pump up the PAC in the same comment without sounding crazy? It's gotta be closer to April Fools Day than Christmas.

    With all this weirdness don't be surprised if the temps reach 60 tomorrow instead of snowing!

    Happy Holidays to one and all.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    CordonBleu
    phantomblade

    Well, gentlemen, that just doesn't appear to be the case, does it.

    Good to have so many byu fans weigh in on the coaching shuffle in our conference. I'm sure it's exciting for you.

    Good luck to Sark and the Trojans!

    Go Pac-12!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    I've never cared much for USC. With Sark there, I could become a fan. He's always been very respectful of the Cougs and his time at BYU, unlike Whit who at times takes some real cheap shots at BYU.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Blue coug and phantom,

    Football and football only drives conference changes and invitations.

    Byu hasn't had a great season in almost 20 years.

    And no, being in the top 25 does not a great season make, 25 teams do it every year.

    When was the last top 5 season for byu?

    And there you have your answer on why no one wants byu.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    With all the byu guys in the PAC 12, it's interesting that the conference still has no interst in byu itself.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    @phantomblade

    BlueCoug has it exactly right; the only reason BYU isn't a member of the PAC 12 is because certain schools didn't want to be associated with a private, religiously-based school like BYU or Baylor.

    Slice it any way that helps you sleep at night, but the record speaks for itself; BYU's athletic programs, overall, dwarf Utah's - see the Directors' Cup standings for the last 20 years.

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    I see you're still hurting.

    Speaking of religiously-based schools, what I don't understand is why Baylor and TCU are in the Big 12 and they've even offered Notre Dame an invite yet BYU is still in 40+ years of discussions?

    Hey, maybe you can send the Big 12 thh Directors' Cup standings for the last 20 years?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    @BlueCoug

    It pretty amazing that 25% of the head coaches in a conference that didn't want to be associated with BYU are alums of BYU.

    ----------------

    Like the PAC-12, those 25% also don't want to be associated with BYU.

  • Perkunas Ashburn, VA
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Congrats and good luck to Sark, one of the best to wear a Cougar uniform!

    "To your point, byu [sic] has to earn it's [sic] place among the elite...they have not done that in several areas."

    There's a steadily growing body of evidence that neither have the PAC's most recent acquisitions.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    If it's true, kudo's to Sarkisian. I've long thought he would be a great hire at BYU for HC. Then we could let Bronco do what he's longed to do...run the D.

    WA_Alum, It's not his fault if true...he wouldn't announce it ahead of USC's announcement. It's the radio station's deal for asking someone to spill the beans. You wouldn't make a job announcement before your new company said it was ready to do so.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    Mypespective is right on the mark. USC will end up regretting this; just like hiring Kiffin. A lot of fans tooting Sarks horn, simply because he played at BYU. His record at Washington: 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 and 8-4. Never, ever sniffed a Rose Bowl, but he's a great coach and a great hire. Yeah, right! Just being brutally honest; someone has to be!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 2, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Washington needs to hire Ed Orgeron, then beat the puddy out of USC. That would be awesome. Sarkasian is a fair, at best, coach. Washington just upgraded there stadium and other facilities. Great city, Great setting and a Great job that Sark just gave up.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Sharp guy. Great choice.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Driving in to work this morning at 7:00 local time, the morning jocks at KJR, which is the flagship radio station for Husky games here in the Seattle area, specifically asked Sark if he had interviewed for the job. He denied he had and gave every indication he was at UW for the long haul. Poorly done, coach.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Dave D

    Teams often rally around around an interim coach, but that's no guarantee he could continue that success in years to come. Coach O's record at Ole' Miss was abysmal, 10-25 overall, only 3-21 in the SEC.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Congratulations to Coach Sarkisian. Look for the Trojans to be scary good as soon as they get their full compliment of scholarships back.

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    littleperspective

    BlueCoug has it exactly right; the only reason BYU isn't a member of the PAC 12 is because certain schools didn't want to be associated with a private, religiously-based school like BYU or Baylor.

    Slice it any way that helps you sleep at night, but the record speaks for itself; BYU's athletic programs, overall, dwarf Utah's - see the Directors' Cup standings for the last 20 years.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    Bad hire - Sark was about to sit in the hot seat at U-Dub.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    Downtownchrisbrown

    Coach O already resigned after being offered a raise and an opportunity to remain at USC.

    His choice.

    USC players can't blame Sark for Coach O's departure.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    @noperspective

    BYU more than "earned" it's place in the PAC 12 based on athletic success - a perennial Top 25, national championship winning football program with excellent Olympic sports programs. The fact that certain schools in the PAC didn't want to be associated with a private, religiously-based school and BYU's no Sunday play policy are the only reasons BYU wasn't invited instead of the 2nd best athletic program in Utah.

    Academics were nothing but a red herring. The PAC 12 was ready and willing to accept Big 12 schools that have the exact same research rating as BYU, and BYU's undergraduate programs exceed the undergraduate programs of many PAC 12 schools, including Utah.

  • Dave D Spring Creek, NV
    Dec. 2, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    So after going 6-2 Ed Orgeron doesn't get any respect? What does a guy have to do?

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    Congratulations to Coach Sark! Well deserved.

    Utah's chances of challenging for a PAC South title just took a huge hit.

  • Downtownchrisbrown ,
    Dec. 2, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    I'm wondering if he keeps Coach O. If he doesn't he may have a difficult time winning the team over. Coach O has been successful and popular among his players. I was surprised he didn't get the job.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 2, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    Great hire for the Trojans!

    Don't be too surprised to see Sark transform USC back into a national championship contender.

    Bad news for Utah's chances of challenging for a PAC South title anytime soon. Utah, which has never beaten Sark at USC or at Washington, now has to face Sark with an arsenal of USC talent on an annual basis.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Interesting news in our Pac-12. I really thought USC would stay with their interim coach...he certainly elevated the Trojans while he was there. If true, good luck to Sarkisian.

    BlueCoug
    "It pretty amazing that 25% of the head coaches in a conference that didn't want to be associated with BYU are alums of BYU."

    You have it backwards, BlueCoug. It would be the Pac-12 allowing byu to be associated with the conference. To your point, byu has to earn it's place among the elite...they have not done that in several areas.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    Congratulations Sark!

    It pretty amazing that 25% of the head coaches in a conference that didn't want to be associated with BYU are alums of BYU.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 2, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    I am in the Seattle area. No rumors floating around here (yet).
    I wish Steve well.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Dec. 2, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    Congratulations to former BYU QB Steve Sarkisian on his promotion to the most coveted head coaching job in the PAC 12!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Dec. 2, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Good luck to Sark, unless he is playing a school from Utah.
    I wonder who Washington will hire?
    Merry Christmas