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 today.
Kiffin was fired in late September and replaced by Orgeron, who didn’t get the permanent job from Haden despite going 6-2. Orgeron resigned Monday after not getting the head position.
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.
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe announced his resignation after 13 years coaching the Demon Deacons.
Grobe, 61, was 77-82 with the Demon Deacons and shares the program record for coaching victories with D.C. “Peahead” Walker.
Nebraska: The Big Ten issued a public reprimand of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and fined the university $10,000 for Pelini’s comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa last week.
Ohio State: The Big Ten office will not suspend any players or coaches for their actions in the wake of a fight in Saturday’s game against Michigan.
The conference office only issued a public reprimand to starting right guard Marcus Hall and the Ohio State coaching staff.
Noteworthy: Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi are finalists for the Broyles Award, which honors the nation’s top assistant coach. ... Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy declared for the NFL draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility. ... Colorado receiver Paul Richardson, voted first-team All-Pac-12, declared for the NFL draft. ... Dick Biddle, the winningest coach in Colgate history (137-73), retired after 18 seasons.