Now that Steve Sarkisian has agreed to be the next head football coach at USC we can finally divulge what we know about the entire process and how athletic director Pat Haden arrived at his decision. We had promised sources close to the program that we wouldn’t name names until the process was over and decided to comply with that because of the relationships we’ve built with those sources.
When Lane Kiffin was fired in late September, Haden and USC’s higher-ups already had a loose list of about 30 names. With the help of search firm Korn Ferry, they whittled that group down to 20 names and began digging into the backgrounds of everyone on it.
All along four names stayed on the list: Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, Sarkisian, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Interim head coach Ed Orgeron entered the discussion after a few weeks as well.