If it were up to ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd, USC wouldn’t even look outside of the Pac-12 for the Trojans’ next head coach.
On Monday morning’s radio broadcast, Colin said, “I believe Steve Sarkisian should be, if I was the athletic director, would be the guy I would hire.”
On Sunday, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Athletic Director Pat Haden’s top targets were Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin. Petersen is reportedly no longer an option, having withdrawn his name due to a mutual interest.
According to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com, Sarkisian denied earlier reports on Monday that he had interviewed with USC.
Sarkisian is in his fifth season as the head coach for Washington – his first gig as the lead man. He has compiled a 34-29 record, and has taken the Huskies to a bowl game each season except for his first.
The 39-year old coach has done a fantastic job of resurrecting the Huskies’ program. Prior to the 2010 season, Washington had not been to a bowl game since 2002.