In this segment a reader wonders if Steve Sarkisian would return to USC as offensive coordinator if he is fired at Washington.
Q: Tommy Walter
What else does Marqise Lee have to do to be considered a Heisman front-runner?
A: I think he probably is a frontrunner right now. To be considered the frontrunner, USC probably needs to play better, a stunning comment if this were August.
What kind of impact do you think a disasterous season will have on recruiting (both on the recruits and coaches’ focus)?
Also, I feel the that the body language of the team has made me believe Coach Kiffin leads by fear instead of motivation (which explains the lackluster effort from the offense). That being said, I can see Sarkisian being let go if his team also underachieves. At this point, wouldn’t it make sense bringing him in? I know they get along and I can see Kiffin collaborating with him with an open mind. I know you answered this before but the decision making of Kiffin is getting to me.
A: Recruiting sometimes is aided by losing because the recruits think they will play immediately. That said, I think whether it is affected depends on whether USC finishes strong and if some staff members decide to look for other jobs, which might impact certain positions.
I wouldn’t mind the idea of Sarkisian coming back because he is probably the only person Kiffin trusts to hire as an offensive coordinator. But if he gets fired (and even if he doesn’t) I could see Sarkisian trying to be a head coach somewhere else next season.