(1090 The Fan) — Former University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian has moved on to Southern California to coach his hometown Trojans. Sarkisian joined The Steve Sandmeyer Show Friday and covered several topics from his departure — the difficulties that come with leaving one program and going to another — the challenges of recruiting at two different Pac-12 schools in two years and the Huskies new captain, Chris Peterson.
Sarkisian said of Washington’s current situation, “they ended up hiring a great coach and they’re in good hands.” Sarkisian added that he wished he and his staff would have turned things around faster, but that he’s proud of the job they did and feels the program was left in good shape.
When asked if he would have changed anything, Sarkisian said “I think there’s always things (you’d do differently). From week to week, game to game, day to day, season to season, there are always things you could have done differently.”
“I am very proud of the work that we did, I’m proud of where that program was left and it’s in great shape to continue to move forward.”
When asked about his L.A. rivals in recruiting and in the Pac-12, Sarkisian, perhaps inadvertently, perhaps not, threw a back-handed insult at former Huskies and UCLA Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel, or one at the current coach. “The reality of it is, Jim’s done a really nice job,” Sarkisian said of Jim Mora. “Prior to Jim, I think Rick Neuheisel recruited really well. Jim came in, took that talent, developed it and they are playing at a high level right now.”
The statement may suggest Sarkisian believes Neuheisel did not coach well, despite some solid recruiting effort, or that Mora has won with Neuheisel’s players. Probably the former, since Mora is also getting impact play from his own recruits.
Sarkisian also spoke of his regrets, the Pac-12 Conference and more. Hear the entire interview here: