The USC Trojans’ football program has become something of a soap opera following coach Steve Sarkisian’s forced leave of absence following allegedly showing up to practice drunk yesterday, and some are already calling for his dismissal.
Per Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, one former coach who remains nameless wants AD Pat Haden to hire Utah Utes coach Kyle Whittingham, and with good reason.
In defense of Sarkisian, the man is in the process of divorcing the woman to whom he has been married for nearly 20 years. That has to be an incredibly painful and daunting experience.
On the other side of the coin, however, Whittingham’s excellent work with Utah is hard to ignore.
Since taking over for Urban Meyer at the close of the 2004 season, Whittingham has gone 90-43 and is 51-35 in conference play across both the Mountain West and Pac-12. His bowl record is 8-1. This season, the Utes are 5-0 (2-0 Pac-12) and rank No. 4 in the AP Top 25.
That said, depending on what the next chapter of the Sarkisian saga is, perhaps Haden would be wise to keep an eye on Utah’s performance for the rest of the season. After having to deal with NCAA sanctions related to Pete Carroll, the neverending drama that is Lane Kiffin and now Sarkisian, the Trojans deserve a coach who will show up, do his job and turn the team into a winner.
Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
USC comes off a bye week to take on Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
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