LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — University of Washington head coach, Steve Sarkisian, has been hired to permanently take over the reigns of the USC Trojans’ football team.

Sarkisian, 39, was assistant coach and offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll’s Trojans for seven seasons and helped the team achieve a 74-15 record.

In 2009, the Torrance native took over as head coach for the Huskies, finishing with a 34-29 record over five seasons.

Sarkisian was a former quarterback at BYU and helped mold Trojan Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

He also played shortstop for USC baseball in the fall of 1992 before transferring to El Camino Junior College, CBS Sports reported.

Sarkisian will replace interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who was placed at the helm of the Trojans following the firing of Lane Kiffin after a disappointing start to the 2013 season.

The Trojans finished 9-4 following Saturday’s loss to rival UCLA, 35-14.

While USC Athletic Director Pat Haden expressed interest in keeping Orgeron in the program in some capacity, “Coach O”, as he affectionately became known to players and fans, announced his resignation on Monday.


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