by Jeff Lightsy Jr.
Oh how the time has passed. Less than two years ago Steve Sarkisian was being hired to his dream job as the head coach at USC. Now, not only has Sarkisian been fired from the Trojans, his longtime fight with alcohol abuse has been put on from page on every major sports media outlet. I wish the best for Sarkisian as he battles with his problems.
Now, the next move for the USC Trojans football team needs to be a major move. Not only for the state of the football program, but also for the career of athletic director Pat Haden. The head coaching job at USC is one of the premier jobs in all of college football. There aren’t many like it. And the fact that it has now been open twice in the last 4 years is a problem. AD Pate Haden now needs to go out and get a guy that can get this program back to national prominence it has always been known for.
Although Sark’s exit was untimely, there is still plenty of talent playing in the Coliseum. Sarkisian anwd his staff were able to bring in the #2 recruiting class during the 2015 cycle and currently have a top 5 class for 2016. So the next guy will have plenty of horses to work with on both sides of the ball for seasons to come.
But the next guy at SC can’t just be ANY guy. He must be an established guy with a winning pedigree. I imagine they will go with a guy who has shown they are successful as a head football coach. The last two the Trojans have went with (Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian) were Trojan protegees and that simply hasn’t worked out. I look for them to go after a big time name like Dabo Swinney (Clemson) or Kevin Sumlin(Texas A&M). These two have built strong program were they are currently at, but neither one of those program can offer the things that being the head man at USC presents. You see what bringing in big name head coaches have done for programs like Ohio State and Michigan in recent years. I expect Southern Cal to follow that same trend.