The coaching search has featured many front-runners—including USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron—but the Trojans' interest in Sarkisian isn't a complete shock. Sarkisian has strong ties with the Trojans, having spent six seasons with USC from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008. During his time at Troy, Sarkisian worked under Pete Carroll as the quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
The former Washington head coach is leaving the Huskies after five seasons with a 34-29 record. During his time at Washington, the 39-year old Sarkisian has lead his team to four bowl games.
Sarkisian's time at USC also includes working with two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer.
Sarkisian confirmed to KJR-Radio in Seattle on Monday that he and Haden talked abut the position this weekend. Video courtesy of UW Athletics
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