Report: USC interviewed Washington’s Steve Sarkisian
By Brady Henderson
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday that he has spoken with USC athletic director Pat Haden but denied interviewing for the Trojans’ head-coaching vacancy, as was reported by ESPN.
“I didn’t interview for the job,” Sarkisian said in a radio interview, according to Adam Jude of The Seattle Times. “They (USC) reached out and I talked to them (this weekend).”
Sarkisan was an offensive assistant for the Trojans for seven season before coming to Washington, and his ties to the program immediately led to speculation that he could take over at USC once coach Lane Kiffin was fired in September.
According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, USC’s coaching search could be completed by the middle of this week. The report USC’s interest in Sarkisian comes three days after the Huskies won the Apple Cup to improve to 8-4, ensuring their best record in Sarkisian’s five-year tenure. Washington has gone 34-29 since Sarkisian took over before the 2009 season.
According to Schad, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is also a candidate for the USC job.