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Old 12-02-2013, 08:01 PM
 
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what makes a great coach?

Nick Saban went 28-18-1 in four years at Michigan St. Not exactly a brilliant resume. It would take him awhile to get to where he is now as the best coach in college football.

Sarkisian took an 0-12 Washington team and went 5-7 the following year. Then 6-6, 7-6, and 8-4.

That's not a bad resume considering how dreadful Washington was. And he's rebuilt their program. The jury is still out though on whether he can become a great coach.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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Wow USC fans, this is a major what if...

USC contacted Alabama coach Nick Saban's agent to gauge interest before hiring Steve Sarkisian (report) | AL.com
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:04 PM
 
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Half of the SC alums are loving this hire, half are on suicide watch tonight. Ol' 7 win Sark does not worry me in the least.
Sark's a great recruiter and he can build a program on offense. What he needs is a defensive guru. Not sure he's got one, but will be interesting to see.

I think it's basically a hire that will bring more good than bad to USC. They'll at least compete for bowls and maybe a BCS bowl here and there. Whether they can dominate the PAC12 and compete for a BCS title or not is a different story.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:48 AM
 
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Sark's a great recruiter and he can build a program on offense. What he needs is a defensive guru. Not sure he's got one, but will be interesting to see.

I think it's basically a hire that will bring more good than bad to USC. They'll at least compete for bowls and maybe a BCS bowl here and there. Whether they can dominate the PAC12 and compete for a BCS title or not is a different story.
Yep, that is what was said about Kiffin. Same mold, different coach. SC will look like what SC has looked like for the last few years imo, just with a no huddle- wannabe Oregon offense. They may compete for a BCS bowl here and there, but no more Trojan conquests. He is taking Justin Wilcox, a former Duck, with him as DC- unless he gets hired for the UW job. He has only been there 2 years, so it wil be interesting to see if he continues to develop as DC. Duck fans are laughing at this hire and half of SC fans are ticked at this hire.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:46 AM
 
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Yep, that is what was said about Kiffin. Same mold, different coach. SC will look like what SC has looked like for the last few years imo, just with a no huddle- wannabe Oregon offense. They may compete for a BCS bowl here and there, but no more Trojan conquests. He is taking Justin Wilcox, a former Duck, with him as DC- unless he gets hired for the UW job. He has only been there 2 years, so it wil be interesting to see if he continues to develop as DC. Duck fans are laughing at this hire and half of SC fans are ticked at this hire.
Kiffin was a punk who rode his dad's coattails into a job with the Raiders before having a hissy with Al Davis. He then turned into a college vagabond, talking trash but never improving their programs. I just don't see that with Sark, who has arguably turned a team that was limp into a PAC12 contender. My only reservation is how he's going to address the defensive side of the game. He's proven he can recruit and run an offense. He needs a defense, though, especially with a healthy Mariota returning at Oregon.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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Sark can get the blank check out for a DC. That part will be covered.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Sarkisian took an 0-12 Washington team and went 5-7 the following year. Then 6-6, 7-6, and 8-4.

That's not a bad resume considering how dreadful Washington was.
Nonsense.

Had Washington had a healthy Jake Locker and a real football coach (Ty Willingham = fraud), it easily was a 5 win minimum team. Sark took that 5 win talent to another 5 wins the following year.

The plus I see for USC with Sark is that he is willing to fire under-performing assistants and to change his own ways. He cleaned house on the defensive side following the Alamo Bowl. He changed his offense going into 2013. And now it sounds like he is partially backing away from calling plays on offense next year at USC.
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