New Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Wednesday, and along with talking about the process that brought him back to Los Angeles from Washington, Sarkisian also talked about where he plans on taking the program.
“For myself, it's about coming in and being me,” said Sarkisian. “I'm coming in here to take this place to new heights and to heights that we haven't been to in a while. And it's not going to happen overnight. It's going to be through hard work. It's going to be through developing great relationships and trust and belief in one another and getting these players to get to know me on a personal level as we continue to build the staff and recruit and do all those things.
“I love the challenge. I'm fired up for the challenge. And as I said, we're just getting started.”
Personally I don't think Sarkisian needs to take USC to new heights as much as he needs to take it back to its old heights, like the Pete Carroll Era. Whether or not he'll be able to do so remains to be seen, but he helped turn around a Washington program that was in much worse condition than the USC program he inherits.
The Huskies had gone 18-53 in the six seasons before Sarkisian showed up, and after a 5-7 first season the Huskies went to a bowl game every season under Sarkisian.
Of course, simply going to a bowl game won't be enough at USC.