Lou Holtz came out against USC hiring Steve Sarkisian on ESPN’s College Football Final:
“I believe USC made a mistake by hiring Steve Sarkisian. Wonderful coach. 34-29 at Washington which is barely above.500. A school like USC could have hired almost any coach in the entire country to come in there.
“They should have an established coach who has proven that he can win on a consistent basis. Let’s remember this. He also had two great quarterbacks while at Washington.”
His colleague, Mark May, supported the hire:
“I think Steve Sarkisian is the right pick for USC. Ed Orgeron did a terrific job. But he rebuilt the Washington program in that image. The next step is go back home. Back in the family, back in the fold at USC.”