All things being equal, Jim Mora gets hired for a job over Steve Sarkisian based on Pac-12 accomplishments. Does that mean UCLA (Mora) has an edge over USC (Sarkisian)? Of course.
But two things help USC even up the odds. USC is USC, first off. That means Steve Sarkisian doesn’t need to be as good a coach because he can still get Damien Mama, Adoree Jackson and JuJu Smith to commit on Signing Day. The other factor I hear from coaches in the Pac-12 is that Mora does not enjoy recruiting. That might play a role too.
So at the end of the day, is that enough to break USC’s two-year losing streak to UCLA?