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USC hires Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian has accepted the head coaching job at USC. 

Justin Wilcox will join Sarkisian at USC according to Seattle radio host Dave Mahler. This morning, Sarkisian denied interviewing for the job on Seattle radio.

Sarkisian spent most of his coaching career as an assistant at USC working the most prolific quarterbacks the Trojan's have ever had (2001-2003, 2005-2008), and spent one season on Lane Kiffin's staff with the Raiders before leaving for Washington.

Sarkisian was asked about his interest in the USC job in October on the Dan Patrick radio show. "USC is a good place, don't get me wrong. I had a wonderful time there, but man, we are doing something special here," Sarkisian said. "It's been taking up four-and-a-half years to build this thing the right way.

"I love my job. I hope I get to coach here longer than Don James did. I hope I win more national championships than Don James did. That's the goal, but things happen in this world in my favor, not in my favor. That's the reality of life."

Sark took over a winless Washington program on December 8, 2008, Sark took over a winless Washington program and has compiled a head coaching record of 34-29 during that span, including a 1-2 record in bowl games. In his first season, Sarkisian and the Huskies upset No. 3 USC and finished the year at 5-7. In just his second season Sark had the Huskies in a bowl game at 6-6 where they beat nationally-ranked Nebraska.

His career at Washington included wins against nationally-ranked USC, Stanford and Cal and a 3-1 record against rival Washington State in the Apple Cup. While he irrefutably leaves the Washington program in a much better state than he found it, the major critique against Sark is that he could never push the Huskies from good to great. Friday's win over Washington State gave Sark eight wins in a season for the first time in a half-decade as a head coach, and he never seriously challenged regional rivals Oregon and Stanford for the Pac-12 North crown. Washington never finished a season ranked under Sarkisian, either. 

Sark is clearly a guy that understands the dynamics at USC, and has seen the potential that they have to become a dominant national power again.

We will update this as more information becomes available.