Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is leaving for USC, The Seattle Times has confirmed, and his imminent departure was a surprise to many UW players on Monday.
More shocking is that Sarkisian is apparently trying to take “everybody” from the UW staff with him to USC, one player told The Seattle Times.
“Well, almost everybody,” said the player, who asked to remain anonymous.
A team meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, several players confirmed.
The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Sarkisian wants to bring UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi with him to USC.
It remains unclear who will coach UW in a bowl game later this month.
Many UW players took to Twitter after reports surfaced that Sarkisian was leaving for USC:
The fact that social media had to fill us in….
— Jesse Callier Jr. (@jCallier24) December 2, 2013
Im going stay a husky! #HuskyNation
— Shaq Thompson (@ST7_ERA) December 2, 2013
UW freshman JoJo Mathis. RT @jayy_smooth5: Wellll if its true bout sark looks like I'm opening up my recruiting process..
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 2, 2013
We have a awesome opportunity in front of us. Don't be afraid of the future. It's so bright I can barely open my eyes with husky nation
— ASJ (@Aesj88) December 2, 2013
Per his Twitter, 2014 WR commit Rahshead Johnson has decommitted from #Washington.
— Marshall Cherrington (@mcherrington22) December 2, 2013