LOS ANGELES (AP) Steve Sarkisian confidently strode into the John McKay Center on Tuesday and immediately embraced both the lofty standards set by past Southern California coaches and the sky-high hopes of all Trojans football fans.
"We will not shy away from the expectations here," USC's new head coach said. "We're here to win championships. I wouldn't have taken this job just to come home. ... Rebuilding is not a word around here. Coach O proved that."
A day after hiring Sarkisian away from Washington, USC athletic director Pat Haden formally introduced him as the replacement for Lane Kiffin and interim coach Ed Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 9-4 regular season.