Steve Sarkisian said he runs a no-huddle offense and that the terminology will be simpler than USC’s current offense. He said Washington was a run-first offense but be balanced.
“We’re here to win championships,” Steve Sarkisian said. “I wasn’t surprised I was offered the job. I won’t be surprised if we win national championships.”
Pat Haden said he spent three hours interviewing Ed Orgeron several weeks ago.
Stanford coach David Shaw was asked today if he reacted to USC hiring Steve Sarkisian.
“Not at all,” Shaw said.
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The Seattle Times reports Steve Sarkisian’s buyout is $1.5 million but defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has a hefty $1 million buyout if he goes to another Pac-12 school. And defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi is $410,000.
Pete Carroll talked last night about the hiring of Steve Sarkisian and also brought up Ed Orgeron.
“There is no coach they could have hired that understands L.A. better and what that’s all about,” Carroll said. “That’s my opinion. He has a tremendous sense for the area and the schools and the coaches and the traditions and all of that.”
On Orgeron: `I’m so impressed with what he did. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t get the job, but there’s only one spot there. I’m sure Eddie is going to do something great, too.”
Full statement after the jump:
It hired Andy Enfield, a coach nobody heard of until two weeks before when he won two games in the NCAA Tournament. And then hired Steve Sarkisian, yet another Pete Carroll assistant who already worked at USC four times previously.
Former USC coach Lane Kiffin appeared on the Dan Patrick show today. Some highlights:
On Ed Orgeron
“He probably should have been the head coach and rightfully so. Someone else comes in from in the conference that you feel you’ve done well against on the field and in recruiting.
“Ed did enough to be right there in the running. It’s Pat Haden’s decision.”
On getting another job
“I plan on having (a job), hopefully pretty soon. Over the next week or two I have to figure out best opportunity.”