Sarkisian Bolts Washington, Named USC Coach
FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian yells from the sidelines in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Seattle. Sarkisian has accepted the Southern California coaching job, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday Nov. 2, 2013 on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made by either school. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Los Angeles — Steve Sarkisian was named the head coach at Southern California on Monday, leaving Washington to return to the Trojans’ storied football program for another run at national titles.
Two days after USC’s regular season ended with a home loss to UCLA, Trojans athletic director Pat Haden replaced interim coach Ed Orgeron with yet another assistant coach from Pete Carroll’s championship-winning era at the school.
The 39-year-old Sarkisian is a Los Angeles-area native who went 34-29 in five seasons at Washington, rebuilding a decimated program into a bowl contender. He is the permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin, his former co-offensive coordinator at USC under Carroll.
Sarkisian will be introduced at a news conference today. In a statement released by USC, the coach thanked the Huskies for his first head coaching opportunity.
“I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships,” Sarkisian said. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Kiffin was fired in late September and replaced by Orgeron, who didn’t get the permanent job from Haden despite going 6-2. Crosstown rival UCLA trounced USC 35-14 last Saturday in what turned out to be the Trojans’ final game under Orgeron, who resigned Monday after failing to get the head job.
Colgate’s Biddle Retires
Hamilton, n.y. — Dick Biddle, the winningest head football coach in Colgate history, retired Monday after 18 stellar seasons and seven Patriot League titles.
“My wife and I carefully considered this decision,” Biddle said. “Our love for Colgate and Hamilton is unparalleled, but 18 years as head coach is a long time at any one place. Sometimes a change is good for everybody.
The 66-year-old Biddle is the winningest coach in Patriot League history. He compiled a 137-73 (.652) overall record and won three of every four conference games he coached, finishing 81-27 (.750) against league competition.
Nebraska’s Pelini Reprimanded
New York — The Big Ten Conference has issued a public reprimand of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini and fined the school $10,000 for Pelini’s comments about the officiating in the Cornhuskers’ game against Iowa last week.
Pelini used an expletive at his postgame news conference while discussing a pass interference penalty against the Huskers. Pelini was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game for swiping his hat at, and nearly hitting, the head linesman.
Wake Forest Coach Resigns
Winston-Salem, n.c. — Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe is resigning after 13 seasons at the school.
Grobe made the announcement Monday during a news conference, saying “I just really feel right now, it’s probably good for the program to have some new energy, some new direction.”
The 61-year-old Grobe finishes with a career record of 110-115-1 in a combined 19 years at Wake Forest and Ohio.
He was 77-82 with the Demon Deacons and shares the program record for coaching victories with D.C. “Peahead” Walker.
The unquestioned highlight of Grobe’s career came in 2006. He was named the AP national coach of the year after leading Wake Forest to its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 1970, winning a school-record 11 victories and earning a berth in the Orange Bowl.