Sarkisian hire not a "home run"

USC needed to make a dramatic hire but instead played it safe

Updated: December 2, 2013, 11:06 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- When Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin coached together at USC they developed a nickname during their time leading the Trojans' offense.


Sarkisian was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Kiffin was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Together they helped guide USC's offense when Pete Carroll and Norm Chow parted company after the 2005 season. Carroll knew his two young protégés would soon be coaching teams ...

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