SEATTLE -- Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian has accepted the head coaching job at USC, according to multiple sources. A flurry of tweets, including one from ESPN's Joe Schad, went out late Monday morning indicating the move was a done deal. Sources have also indicated that defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will be headed to USC as well, but there is no official word on anything from the university.
The football team will be holding a previously unscheduled team meeting at 2:00.
Sarkisian was in California over the weekend to interview for the vacant head coaching job at USC, a source told ESPN.
Sarkisian confirmed Monday morning on Sports Radio KJR that he had talked with USC athletic director Pat Haden last weekend, but didn’t call it an interview. He added that he wasn’t very far along in the process with USC yet.
In five years at the UW, Sarkisian has lead to the Huskies to a 34-29 record. A string of three straight 7-win seasons was broken when the Huskies picked up their 8th win of 2013 in the Apple Cup last Friday, with a chance at a 9th in a bowl game.
A southern California native, Sarkisian initially attended USC as a member of the Trojans’ baseball team before eventually transferring to BYU to play quarterback. He served as an assistant coach at USC from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008 under current Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll.
The Trojans have been searching for a head coach since firing Lane Kiffin on Sept. 28. Boise State’s Chris Petersen was a top candidate, but has withdrawn from consideration, a source told ESPN. Other possibilities include Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who lead the Trojans to a 6-2 record since Kiffin’s firing.
If the reports are true, Sarkisian will be the first UW coach to voluntarily leave for another position since Darrell Royal left for Texas in 1956.