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Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (41) / 3/8/1974

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Former USC and current Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said "that's not happening" when asked if he's considered a return to the Trojans.
Carroll became a logical name to speculate on after Steve Sarkisian was fired last week, having coached USC from 2000-2009. Like almost every other rumored candidate to this point, though, he's at least initially claiming no interest in the job. Fellow NFL-er Chip Kelly has also recently denied any inclination to coach the Trojans. Clay Helton's currently guiding the squad in an interim capacity. Oct 19 - 7:24 PM

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he has not been contacted by USC or another university about a coaching opening.

"I understand that it's going to happen," Kelly said at a press conference. "We're not successful and we're not winning. I came from college. We're going to go back to college," Kelly said of the perception of what his future will hold. "I hope someday to be like (Giants) coach (Tom) Coughlin and win enough games where I stay around long enough where that speculation ends. But I understand you have to ask the question. I answered it the same way a year ago. I answered it the same way my first year here. It's an unfortunate part of the game because the other part of it is there are people that have lost their jobs. A friend of mind, Steve Sarkisian, is dealing with a big issue right now and I wish him the best." The Eagles are 2-3 and look to be in trouble. Kelly is going to have to keep fielding this question, because it would make sense to escape the questionable roster he constructed to dominate college football once again.
Oct 16 - 9:32 PM

Recently fired USC HC Steve Sarkisian tweeted that "No one will be cheering [USC] on more than me."

Sarkisian wished his former team luck prior to their Saturday game against Notre Dame. He also published tweets thanking fans for their support during a trying time. The Trojans are fresh off a lackluster 17-12 loss to Washington. Given the internal strife with the team, we would advise looking beyond USC for DFS options. They have the talent to put up points, but there's no way of knowing how they respond to the uncertainty here. Of course, the contrary play would be to roll with multiple Trojans in the hopes that competitors are shying away.
Oct 15 - 6:02 PM

Former USC HC Steve Sarkisian learned he was fired via texts and emails from friends.

Per‘s Joe Schad, USC athletic director Pat Haden tried to call Sarkisian but he couldn't answer because he was on a plane headed to an out-of-state treatment facility. Haden said he repeatedly tried to get ahold of Sark and those close to him. When he failed, he sent a letter of termination. "I called him, I texted him, I called three different numbers of his agent, I called his sister," Haden said. "I finally got ahold of his brother-in-law." USC is reportedly trying to fire Sarkisian for cause, which would mean they don't owe him another cent. We'll see if it holds up. "A school source told ESPN’s Shelley Smith that Haden had instituted what was, in effect, a zero-tolerance policy concerning alcohol use with Sarkisian," ESPN reported. "When Sarkisian showed up to meetings Sunday seemingly intoxicated, that was a violation of the agreement, and it resulted in Sarkisian’s dismissal."
Source: ESPN
Oct 14 - 5:53 PM

ESPN's Erin McKinney doesn't expect much recruiting dropoff for USC in light of Steve Sarkisian's dismissal.

USC's class is ranked No. 6 in the nation right now. ESPN 300 linebacker Daelin Hayes tweeted his decommitment right after the Sarkisian news was announced. "I'm going to talk to my dad about it and will have an answer in a few days," ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyler Vaughns said. He added that "of course" USC would remain in the mix. CB Thomas Graham, an ESPN Junior 300 prospect, doesn't care who is coaching the Trojans. "It doesn't affect my recruitment," Graham said. "Still 100 percent USC." The USC brand is more valuable than the name of its coach. The program was in worse shape after Lane Kiffin's firing and still managed to reel in Adoree' Jackson, Juju Smith-Schuster and Damian Mama in the 2014 class following Sarkisian's hiring.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 9:32 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney reports that it's considered highly improbable that Chip Kelly will be USC's next coach.

Haney is well plugged in and his sources don't see a match. "I just don’t see it," the coach told me. "For one thing, who says he’s leaving the NFL? Why does everyone just assume that and run to that conclusion? [Also], you’re telling me Pat Haden is going to hire another coach who has had issues with the NCAA? I doubt that. That would be four USC coaches in a row with some kind of NCAA [past]; how many times can you do that?" Another Power 5 coach said: "It’s too early to know [who it’ll be] ... but it won’t be Chip Kelly." As for former Trojans Jeff Fisher and Jack Del Rio, each would have to take a pay cut to return home.
Oct 13 - 7:00 PM

USA Today's Dan Walken speculated that some of the potential HC replacements for Steve Sarkisian at USC include Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly and Jeff Fisher.

Sarkisian was fired on Monday, immediately opening a vacuum for replacement speculation. Walken threw out several big name candidates, such as the Philadelphia Eagles' Chip Kelly. He also offered a few more under-the-radar possibilities. These included Memphis HC Justin Fuente and Air Force HC Troy Calhoun. At this point, it's easy to speculate that any big name college coach might be part of the Trojans' future plans, but the reality is that it's too early to really know. For now, Clay Helton is serving as interim head coach. That's just about the only thing that's certain in the present.
Source: USA Today
Oct 12 - 9:12 PM

USC has fired head coach Steve Sarkisian.

"After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately," athletic director Pat Haden wrote in a statement. As soon information started to trickle out on Sunday after Sarkisian was sent home from practice, the flood gates opened. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will remain interim head coach. Sarkisian was Haden's "guy" during the 2014 offseason and was swift to fire him.
Source: USC Trojans
Oct 12 - 4:34 PM

Some members of the USC coaching staff believe HC Steve Sarkisian was drunk during the school's game against Arizona State, according to beat writer Scott Wolf.

Wolf spoke with one USC coach who said Sarkisian's "eyes didn't look right, he was too animated." USC won the game against the Sun Devils 42-14. More information will surely be released, both on the record and anonymously, but Sarkisian did have an incident involving alcohol during the offseason at a school event.
Oct 11 - 7:09 PM

USC AD Pat Haden asked HC Steve Sarkisian to take a leave of absence, according Lindsey Thiry.

Another report from Bryan Fischer states Haden sent Sarkisian home earlier today. Either way, the head coach was not at practice and his media session was occupied by USC decision makers. Who knows what mindset or physical state Sarkisian was in to be sent home, or if it was just due to coaching after USC lost 17-12 to Washington on Thursday. This is the type of story that will have plenty of more information trickle out shortly.
Oct 11 - 5:16 PM

USC AD Pat Haden said that "a lot of careful thought" was given before deciding not to suspend HC Steve Sarkisian.

"I believe the course of action we chose was really in the best interest of USC and Steve Sarkisian and maybe just as important, or more importantly, our players, said Haden. Sarkisian has apologized for his behavior during a school-sponsored donor event earlier in August, in which he made a slew of inappropriate comments while allegedly under the influence of alcohol and medication. USC opens the season against Arkansas State on Saturday.
Sep 1 - 7:33 PM

According to USC HC Steve Sarkisian, OC Clay Helton will call the majority of the team's plays this season.

Helton won't have complete control over play-calling, though, as Sarkisian will have the final say in some situations. After losing four games in 2014, expectations are high for this Trojan squad. We'll see how long Sark's willing to cede play-calling duties if the team struggles early.
Aug 29 - 7:25 PM

USC HC Steve Sarkisian apologized for his behavior at a school-sponsored donor event Saturday.

In front of donors, players, staff, coaches and family and friends thereof, Sarkisian's behavior and comments grew so erratic that athletic director Pat Haden pulled him off the stage. The coach was suspected to be drunk. "I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night," Sarkisian said in a statement. "I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again." Haden also released a statement saying he had privately reprimanded the coach.
Aug 23 - 4:37 PM

USC will offer four-year scholarships for football, men's basketball and women's basketball instead of the current one-year renewable model.

Thus immediately offers more security for student-athletes that participate in these three revenue generating sports. In taking this action, USC hopes to help lead the effort to refocus on student-athlete welfare on and off the field," AD Pat Haden said. We aren't certain of the details, specifically the process if either side wants to get out of their end of the deal, but those should be available soon. Northwestern, Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida and Nebraska have also implemented this new model.
Source: USC Trojans
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 10:35:00 AM

USC's NCAA sanctions, which were handed down in June of 2010, will end on Tuesday.

"Scholarship reductions combined with injuries, transfers and attrition left USC's football team with 44 available scholarship players for last season's Las Vegas Bowl," the LA Times' Gary Klein writes. "That's 41 fewer than the NCAA maximum." The Trojans will now be able to sign maximum sized recruiting classes (25).
Source: LA Times
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 10:57:00 AM