Pac-12 preview: Steve Sarkisian likes his new job at USC


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  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    July 30, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    Wasn't thrilled that SC hired Sark. I'm also a BYU fan, so I love seeing Y alums succeed, but I was not particularly impressed with how he coached the Huskies. He gets the benefit of the doubt for a year or two. He won't have a very long leash.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    Well if Sark can get 7 wins then maybe the u should hire him since whit can't seem to do that.
    I suspect the position on the hill should be open at the end of the year.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    July 29, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    Three BYU alums as head coaches in the PAC. How many current Utah alums are head coaches in the Power 5? Just wondering

    Fight On!

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    July 29, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    The challenge at USC isn't getting 4 and 5 star recruits, it's battling the entitlement mentality and the belief too many of the players have that they've "arrived."

    Pete Carroll did well there because he made it all about competition...no one was entitled to start and you played if you practiced well and worked hard...and he made it fun.

    Sark was there during that time...he knows the challanges. I think he'll do well.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 29, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    This is why I say Sakk peaked; Over all and Conference record while at U Dub:
    5-7 (4-5), 7-6 (5-4) for three years in a row, 8-4 (5-4). He just couldn't seem to take Washinton into that 9+ win area. I really liked Sark while at Wzshinton and I wish him well at USC.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 29, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    @ Hammath

    No doubt my Man. It really is a good fit for USC as well; even though I was suprised they didn't hire the fill in coach from last year (cant remember the name). I like both Peterson and Sark.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    What's not to like about Coaching at USC? You just have to steer the talent in the right direction. If you are a "good" coach, you can get to Rose Bowl. A "really good" coach goes to the National Championship.

    The pecking order for recruits in California is:
    1. USC
    2. Oregon
    3. UCLA
    4. Stanford
    5. Alabama
    6. Ohio State
    7. Rest of Pac 12, Big 12
    8. Rest of Other Big 5 Conferences
    9. Boise State
    10. Fresno
    11. BYU
    12. San Diego State
    13. Rest of MWC
    14. Big Sky Conference

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Sark presents himself so well: answers questions, looks relaxed, has fun, treats people well, speaks well of opponents as well as his own players.

    And did you notice how much Neuheisel (a former competing coach) liked him? Sark is the real deal. Too bad he's out of BYU's league as far as a possible coach.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    I'm not sure Sark peaked at UW. In fact I"m not sure he was anywhere near as good as to justify the USC hire. He looked a lot better because the bar was set pretty low prior to his arrival at UW.

    Other schools will now be able to use the "abandonment" card against him in recruiting. It could definitely make a highly sought after recruit think twice about going to USC. His predecessor at USC had a huge problem with that.

    Also don't just assume that Peterson is a lock to win at UW. The last 3 coaches to come out of Boise have flopped big time once they no longer have the easy schedules.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    July 29, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    @ Spokane,

    we'll see won't we?

    Good luck to UW and USC.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 29, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    Washington came out of the coaching change smelling like a Rose. I'd much rather have peterson than Sark. Sart peeked at U Dub.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    July 28, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    Go Trojans, would rather cheer for this ex cougar than the other one