New Washington coach Chris Petersen said taking the job was “a gut decision.” Last week, USC A.D. Pat Haden said he made a “gut” decision when he hired Steve Sarkisian.
“Coach Sark and his crew have done a great job building this thing back up.”
– New Washington coach Chris Petersen
Petersen also said it was too soon to announce his plans for Washington assistants Justin Wilcox and Tosh Lupoi, both wanted by USC coach Steve Sarkisian.
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The challenge for USC’s interim-interim coach, Clay Helton, is facing a Fresno State team that wants nothing more than to beat the Trojans and cement its legacy. That was apparent at the 1992 Freedom Bowl (above) when the Bulldogs upset a lethargic Trojan team.
“Names and logos don’t mean anything,” then-USC coach Larry Smith famously said. “You don’t beat someone just because of your name and logo.”
Smith was fired a few days later. At least USC’s already fired its coach this year.
The first line comes from the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and the Trojans are 7-point favorites.
Here’s what USC gets in the Las Vegas Bowl according to SportsBusiness Journal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3; beanie, cap; Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack; football, Zappos gift card.
That beats the Helen of Troy hair dryer USC got at the Sun Bowl last year and UCLA gets this year. Story here
Here is my ballot for the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll:
It was a week ago that Steve Sarkisian was announced as USC’s new coach. A lot of readers have asked since why Pat Haden did not want Orgeron? In one sentence, Orgeron was a blue-collar guy while Haden is white collar.
That’s why Orgeron did not give Haden a “gut” feeling that he was the right choice for the job.
“Any time you lose a figure like Coach O, you’re going to be sad. That’s a natural reaction.”
– USC interim coach Clay Helton
USC interim coach Clay Helton said graduate assistant Russ Cumming will coach the defensive line for the Las Vegas Bowl. Helton said he and other assistant coaches will be interviewed by Steve Sarkisian in the next two weeks for possible positions.