Steve Sarkisian On Being No. 7

Here’s what Steve Sarkisian said regarding being the seventh-best coach in the Pac-12:

“Opinions are opinions, you can’t base your job based on what other people think about you. That’s something, as a young coach, took me time to figure out. It’s not what other people outside of your building really feel about you, it’s what your coaches feel about you, what your players feel about you, that’s what matters most.

“Moving forward, for me, that’s where my focus has been. It’s not what others are thinking, it’s about the people in your building, how they feel about you.”

Full interview here

When Does Dunk City Start?

Byron Wesley’s transfer a year ago would be perfectly normal. Roster overhauls always occur when a new coach takes over. Washington State’s already lost a couple players since Ernie Kent took over.

But he was USC’s leading scorer this season and his departure shows a lack of trust between him and Andy Enfield after a full season together. It’s been a year since Enfield was hired and one could ask where are the elite recruits that were supposedly going to come with his hire?

USC was a favorite with Jordan McLaughlin before Enfield got hired. Even Malik Price-Martin and his father were strongly considering USC beforehand. There was a lot of excitement a year ago about USC’s basketball future and right now it seems to all rest on transfers from other schools that may or may not pan out and some incoming guys that were easy gets from Day 1.

Byron Wesley Announces Transfer

USC’s leading scorer, Byron Wesley, announced via twitter that he would transfer to another school.

Coach Andy Enfield also released a statement: “We wish Byron well and we thank him for his valuable contributions to our program.” We are happy for him that he will leave USC with his degree. He had a very productive career here and I am sure he will do well wherever his career takes him.”

Wesley, who averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, is leaving for the reasons stated in my earlier post. It’s a blow for Enfield because there is no one as good as Wesley he can sign now for next season. A perfect example is 6-9 forward Kevin Ndahiro visiting this weekend. His only current offer is from Gardner-Webb.

Basketball: Byron Wesley Transferring?

Sources close to USC’s leading scorer, Byron Wesley, said he is considering playing at another college next season under the NCAA rule that grants immediate eligibility if you earn your degree. Wesley is scheduled to earn his degree his summer.

Why would he transfer? Wesley is unsure of his role next season when Andy Enfield-recruited players Katin Reinhardt and Jordan McLaughlin join the team. Wesley and McLaughlin both are from Etiwanda but Wesley does not feel like an Enfield player because he was recruited by former coach Kevin O’Neill.

It also seems like transferring for your final year is the rage lately, with former USC guard Bryce Jones going from UNLV to Iowa State last weekend.

Beware Quarterback Compliments

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Steve Sarkisian is dishing out compliments to the quarterbacks this week as he named Cody Kessler the starter. But don’t read too much into them. Remember this famous 2011 Sarkisian quote: “If I’m an NFL head coach, right now, I’d pick Matt Barkley ahead of Andrew Luck.”