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Sarkisian has been fired

Just saw that USC announced they have fired Sarkisian

  • Ute Bc

    My guess is the lawyers reviewed his contract and feel comfortable that they can fire him and not have to pay out his contract. Ugly for Sark and his family. It is really hard to fathom if anyone, anywhere will ever give him another chance…

  • Haha we posted at the same time. But mine has a link. 😉

    • BCSx2

      Yea, I was much lazier in my post than you were in yours!!

  • Ute Bc

    I hate this but I feel he may be tempted…

  • I went to a luncheon quite a number of years ago. Probably before the 2012 season started, Whitt said he doesn’t want to be coaching into his 60’s. He also said he probably would only leave for an NFL job if it was the right fit for him and his family. Whitt has been here since 1994?? Guy doesn’t really spend his money lives a pretty modest lifestyle. I just don’t see him leaving.

    He also is close friends with Urban Meyer. I think he saw what happened to Urban in Florida and wants no part of it. Just again my observations of him.

  • Ute Bc

    Everything you said is true. However, he had a dust up (to put it mildly) with Chris Hill this year. He is making less money than Sark is being paid and I wouldn’t be surprised if USC offers their next coach $5 Million. That is a ton of money.

    He would have an entire team of 5 star recruits. His defense with that talent would be amazing. I don’t know how he would fit in culturally, however, that may be the last job he would ever need to work…

    • Oh and for all the love I feel towards Chris Hill he needs to get Whitt’s contract extended well past the Zoob games he has scheduled. Or all of that love will go out the window for Hill.

      So remember choose love Hill.

  • Astute Ute

    Didn’t Hill try to match Urbans Florida contract. I think Whit stays. However don’t be surprised if Chip Kelly is back.

    • Dhisatake

      Hill did the best he could with the budget. That was well before Utah had any budget, but he didn’t come close to the Florida offer. I think Florida’s offer was over 2 Mil and I think Utah offered Urban about 1.7 to stay.

      • Ute Bc

        Actually, Hill matched the Florida offer. Urban just wanted to go.

  • Whitt should have a blank check. I don’t make a lot of money not a major booster but whatever it takes he should retire a Ute.

    • Ute Bc

      If you look at it from a market perspective Utah has been getting a bargain. Harbaugh, Strong, Stoops are all making north of $5 Million. Issue Utah has, we don’t have that kind of donor base. It’s going to be a tough check to write.

  • GadValleyUte

    Someone jokingly mentioned a crowd-funding campaign. Why not? How long did it take to fund the fieldhouse roof? I hate to go here, but you can only generate so much from the football team with present resources. One obvious place where we could be generating more revenue for the athletic department is… wait for it… stadium expansion. 8,000 more seats/game x7 games per year x $50/seat = 2.8 million/year. A real brilliant move is a huge capital campaign at the end of this year to pay for stadium expansion in cash so we can pay coach and have a new revenue stream. I bet you could get that done with a Rose Bowl win or CFP berth. Hill had better have that in his mind.

  • Puget Ute

    Whitt would be insane not to consider it. He plays a style of FB that the boosters would love. Whittball with USC talent on offense would be unstoppable. He would succeed on the field and in running the program.

    But dealing with USC boosters would drive him up a wall.

    • Whitt is a proven coach dealing with and developing 3 star talent. 5 star talent comes with its own set of baggage that Whitt is inexperienced dealing with. Prabably not a great fit between expectations of the SC fan and and Whitt’s style.

  • THEeyepatch

    Yeah, I’m sure Whittingham would love to take a job where if you lose, you’re fired on the plane ride home. Whittingham will stay where he has built a program that is now getting national respect and has a chance of finishing as a top 10 program.

    USC has been a dumpster fire since Pete Carroll left and continues to be so and it couldn’t happen to a better program. Karma people, karma.

    • rbmw263

      Job security and spotlight. 2 reasons I dont see Whitt taking it.

  • Gugstanley

    Whitt needs to do what is best for him. If going to U$C and getting a guaranteed loss, every year vs Utah, is how he wants to end his career. Go for it. Depends on what type of legacy he wants, financial aspect and where he wants to live. I thought he said the NFL is the only move he would make.

  • Everyone loves to speculate. It fills word counts and bandwidth.

    No one knows what drives Kyle Wittingham except Kyle Wittingham. We only know what we see from how he comports himself, coaches and lives his life. On the latter, he reportedly lives a rather simple life. He’s 55 years old and has stated on numerous occasions that he does not intend to be coaching much beyond 60. Given that fact set and what he’s been through the last 5 years, successfully building Utah to the highest level in one of the toughest conferences, I would be the most surprised person in the world if he left for USC. He most definitely would leverage it into more money at Utah, but he would not leave for USC and all that it entails.

    Whitt is used to working on upstart programs. He’s used to recruiting and developing 2 star and 3 star recruits into talented players. His methods involve first breaking them down and them building them into his vision. Try that with a group of 5 star recruits who want everything their way. The USC fan base would still expect the 4 and 5 star recruits and Whitt would get them, but I’m not sure he’s the best choice to deal with them.

  • Stradlater

    Everybody says they won’t work much beyond 60 until they’re 60.

  • SkinyUte

    While I certainly wouldn’t blame him if he goes, I also think Whitt realizes that he has the opportunity to become something bigger than just a football coach here at Utah. He’s a part of the institution…a la Bill Snyder at K State. He could very easily be standing outside Whittingham Stadium someday, and I have to think that appeals to him at some level.

  • oc_ute

    lawler's drop early on could have been the difference in the game

    reminded me of the dres drop. totally lucky that it deflected right into our hands. just sayin………

  • Or the drop in NEZ that should have been a Touchdown for Cal. Or any other number of plays. Just so happy Utah won.

    • oc_ute

      yep. good point. weird game for sure.

  • Puget Ute

    If we were playing from behind we would have opened up the offense a bit more in the 2nd half, and perhaps Travis keeps the ball on the option a few more times for big gains. I believe we only attempted 8 passes in the 2nd half.

    The option to the left would have been a huge gain (or even a TD) for Booker, as he only needed to beat one LB who had a bad angle.

    It is fun to play the What If game.

  • Ute Bc

    A pretty important break on Saturday was the muffed fake punt

    Had they not called illegal motion on that play we would have been pretty screwed. I liked the call but that snap was horrible…

  • rbmw263

    Except a Cal player was lined up WAY offside and they missed it. His helmet was past our snappers.

    • Yeah neutral zone infraction right?

      • rbmw263

        should have been

  • Samak

    It wasn’t a very well called game. Refs were missing picks by Cal’s WRs and holds by its D-line all night long.

    While Hobbs was holding the jersey on the last play, if you look closely the Cal player was trying to shove him off before.

    • That was a great no call. Hobbs made a great decision to grab hold after he shoved him.

  • Tony

    My aunt turned to me and said right before that play, “is this a good time for a fake punt?” I said NO WAY. I stand by it.

  • Puget Ute

    I think the fake was there and would have worked easily. That play probably goes for 5 yards in that situation, because we had 7 big blockers in a tight wedge, with a big LB running the ball (was it Whittingham?), against a defensive front that was wide open up the middle.

    Execution was lacking unfortunately (bad snap fumbled by the back) and fortunately (false start negated the play).