USC COACHING HOT BOARD

The USC coaching board is changing at a rapid pace... check out the latest updates on candidates.

James Franklin
Current Position:
Vanderbilt head coach
Position held:
2011-present
Age:
41
Overall record:
23-15
Bio:
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is at the top of USC's radar and has been for months, according to a source. Now in his third season at Vandy, Franklin led the Commodores to bowl appearances in his first two seasons at the helm. Heis record at Vanderbilt is currently 18-13, but the Commodores are just 3-2 to start the 2013 season. At age 41, Franklin would bring young energy to USC. Franklin signed Scout.com's No. 16 recruiting class in 2013.
Positives:
Young, energetic recruiter who can infuse enthusiasm back into USC football program and culture.
Negatives:
Franklin is still a young coach with relatively little head coaching experience.
Dec. 2
Franklin led Vanderbilt to an 8-4 season, finishing 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores when their last four games of the regular season.

Oct. 30
Franklin went up against Sumlin this past weekend, falling to Texas A&M 56-24. Vanderbilt now is 4-4 this season, they're 1-3 in the SEC.

But… it's the SEC.

Franklin was the first name I heard in the coaching search… in July. There were already talks that he was the frontrunner for the USC gig that would be up after the season was over and Kiffin was fired.

So where does he stand now? His stalk seems to be falling.

There's rumblings that he's a tough coach to work for and that maybe he just isn't ready for a bigger gig.

But until anything is made official, feel free to check out these videos of Vanderbilt's win over Georgia this season. You might want to make sure you're alone if you're prone to being a crier.

Vanderbilt defeats Georgia

James Franklin postgame press conference

Oct. 24
Franklin's Commodores are 4-3 this season, the three losses at the hands of SEC foes. It's far from an impressive record, but it isn't going to rule him out of the race.

Oct. 2
When asked about his interest in the USC job during his Monday press conference, Franklin responded: My response is (I'm) really excited about talking about UAB, our last game; really excited about talking about Missouri this week. I mean, for once I'd like to sit in this press conference and talk about either the game before or the game we're playing this week.

So, it's not exactly him screaming he wants the USC job, though he's certainly not denying it.

Steve Sarkisian
Current Position:
Washington head coach
Position held:
2009-present
Age:
39
Overall record:
34-29
Salary:
$2.25 million
Bio:
Now in his fourth year as the head coach at Washington, Steve Sarkisian finally has his Huskies rolling. After a 5-8 season followed by three straight 7-6 seasons, Washington is off to a 4-0 start and is currently No. 15 in the AP poll. It is foreseeable that Sarkisian, a USC assistant from 2005-08, would want to make the move back to Los Angeles to restore the USC program to the strength it was when he was just an assistant. However a source close the situation says Sarkisian is more interested in the NFL. Sarkisian signed Scout.com's No. 13 recruiting class in 2013.
Positives:
From Torrance, CA. Assisted on Pete Carroll's staff.
Negatives:
Sarkisian's record at Washington through four complete seasons does not prove head coaching success at USC's standards.
Dec. 2
Sarkisian told KJR 950 Radio that USC reached out to him and spoke with him over the weekend, though said he "did not interview" for the job.

Sources say Sarkisian is now a front-runner for the position.

Oct. 30
The Huskies hit a few bumps, losing to Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona State in straight weeks… and just like that a 4-0 turned into a 4-3 mark, before a win over California bumped Sark to 5-3.

He's on the hot seat at Washington and will likely be without an offered seat at USC.

Oct. 24
A source close to the situation at Washington says Sarkisian isn't interested in leaving the Huskies for USC. If he leaves, it will be for the NFL.

Sarkisian's Huskies were off to a hot 4-0 start before running into conference foes Stanford and Oregon, losing to both squads. UW's skid continued the following week at Arizona State. At this point, Sark's resume in the Pac-12 is ruling him out as a viable option at USC.

Oct. 2
Asked about his interest in the USC vacancy on Monday as the Huskies prepare for Stanford, Sarkisian said he will not discuss any "hypothetical scenarios".

Though a little more has now come out from Sark: I have great respect for USC and the rich history and tradition they have. But I'm proud to be the head coach of the 15th-ranked team in America right now and all the hard work we've put into this program the last five years to get to this point to be in an awesome matchup on national television this Saturday night against a national championship contender in Stanford.

Chris Petersen
Status:
WITHDREW NAME FROM USC SEARCH
Current Position:
Boise State head coach
Position held:
2006-present
Age:
48
Overall record:
92-12
Salary:
2 million
Bio:
Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has led the Broncos to a 87-10 record through his eight year tenure. They've earned a trip to a bowl game each season as well. But word is that Petersen wants to try his hand on a bigger stage. The Broncos played in the Western Athletic Conference for Petersen's first five seasons and have since moved to the Mountain West Conference. Based on Boise State's sluggish 3-2 start, including a loss to Fresno State, it appears the best days of Bronco football may be behind them, for now. What could Petersen do with a BCS program? He might get the chance to find out after this season. Petersen signed Scout.com's No. 43 recruiting class in 2013.
Positives:
Petersen knows the West Coast and has proven he is a capable head coach with a great record at Boise State.
Negatives:
The only knock on Petersen is he lacks BCS coaching experience.
Dec. 2
CHRIS PETERSEN HAS WITHDRAWN HIS NAME FROM THE USC HEAD COACHING POSITION.

Oct. 30
It hasn't been the season we've come to expect from Chris Petersen and the Boise State Broncos. They're 5-3 this season, falling to Washington, Fresno State, and most recently BYU.

But don't expect a win-loss record to truly affect Petersen's status as a candidate. He's a proven winner and one down season can't and won't change that.

Here's the situation, though. Petersen and his family love Boise. They don't want to leave. He turned down the gig at UCLA a couple times and if offered at USC, he'll most likely turn that down, too.

A source with close to the program in Boise said emphatically that Petersen isn't leaving Boise State football any time soon.

I'm inclined to side with my source, a person who has been ahead of the curve with knowledge of Petersen's past job interviews and interests.

Kevin Sumlin
Status:
AGREED TO A NEW SIX-YEAR DEAL WITH TEXAS A&M
Current Position:
Texas A&M head coach
Position held:
2012-present
Age:
49
Overall record:
54-23
Salary:
$3.1 million
Bio:
In his first season as head coach at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin knocked off eventual National Champion Alabama in SEC Conference action. He led the Aggies to an 11-2 record in what could have been a tumultuous season for the program in its first year in the Southeastern Conference. Sumlin once again has his Aggies off to a fast start in 2013 with a 4-1 record, their lone loss to Alabama. Sumlin coached freshman Johnny Manziel through his freshman season and on to winning the Heisman Trophy; Manziel was the first freshman to ever do so. Sumlin signed Scout.com's No. 14 recruiting class in 2013.
Positives:
Great offensive mind who can bring an exciting brand of football to Los Angeles.
Negatives:
No recent ties to the West Coast.
Nov. 30
KEVIN SUMLIN HAS AGREED TO TERMS WITH TEXAS A&M ON A NEW SIX-YEAR CONTRACT. HE IS NO LONGER A CANDIDATE FOR THE USC HEAD COACHING JOB.

Oct. 30
It was USC candidate vs. USC candidate over the weekend in College Station, Kevin Sumlin vs. James Franklin, and Sumlin came out the big 56-24 winner over Franklin's Vanderbilt Commodores. The Aggies are now 6-2.

Sources with knowledge of the USC situation say Sumlin is now at the top of USC's list. However, that's on the administration's side. Boosters? They're weary of Sumlin's spread offense. The Trojan tradition is to run a pro-style… and the money backers are saying that's what they want to stick to. A pro-style offense would most likely mean no Sumlin.

Oct. 24
Sumlin's Aggies have collected two blemishes on their record. One loss was to top-ranked Alabama. The other, a 45-41 loss to Gus Malzahn's revamped Auburn Tigers. That loss, obviously unexpected, especially given the game was in College Station.

Despite the two bumps, don't expect Sumlin's name to drop out of the race.

Oct. 2
Sumlin, like other candidates, was asked about his name being in the mix at USC. His answer a little different than others, saying "It means you're winning and doing things the right way." Indeed.

A source says Sumlin and his family wouldn't mind leaving the state of Texas for other pastures, but also noted if he leaves, it very well could be for the NFL.


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