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USC Hires Steve Sarkisian to Succeed Kiffin as Football Coach

The University of Southern California selected Steve Sarkisian as the permanent successor to Lane Kiffin, who was fired as football coach in September.

Ed Orgeron, who took charge of the Trojans on an interim basis after Kiffin was dismissed and led USC to six wins in eight games, will leave to pursue a head-coaching role, the university said yesterday in a statement.

Sarkisian, 39, had been the University of Washington coach since 2009, compiling a record of 34 wins and 29 losses. He played football collegiately at Brigham Young University and was later an offensive assistant at USC.

“I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Sarkisian was a USC assistant coach for seven seasons.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve Sarkisian back to the Trojan family,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in the statement on the school’s website. “We conducted a very exhaustive and thorough search, pinpointing about 20 candidates and interviewing five of them. We kept coming back to Sark. He is the only one who was offered the job.”

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