12/03/2013 12:18 AM
[B][FONT='5']Spooky Express stretching out balls Tuesday comments......
-- Steve Sarkisian inherited an 0-12 Washington program in 2009; Huskies went 34-29, 24-21 in Pac-12 play under the BYU grad/former USC assistant. Apparently that was enough to impress the Trojans, who hired Sarkisian as head coach Monday. Curious move. It is a tremendous kick in the teeth to leave a school for a conference rival; can only think of two times it has happened-- Tommy Tuberville, who bolted Ole Miss for Auburn, and Bruce Snyder, from Cal to Arizona State. It would be more understandable if Sarkisian was an alum, but he's not. USC-Washington games will be very interesting the next couple of years.
-- USC offered Ed Orgeron a raise to stay with the Trojans as an assistant, as one of the highest paying assistant coaches in college football, but he wasn't happy and quit. He really did a fine job as interim coach; guess he isn't that impressed with Sarkisian.
-- Browns’ WR Josh Gordon has 498 receiving yards in his last two games, with the forgettable Brandon Weeden throwing him passes; the leader for the Jets in receiving yards for the entire 12-game season is Jeremy Kerley, with 347. In 12 games. Speaking of the Jets, they’re the first team since the 2008 Browns to score 0 or 3 points in consecutive games.
-- Its pretty cool that college football’s national Coach of the Year is going to be a guy who was a high school coach for 16 years. Gus Malzahn will find that he’s raised expectations at Auburn to ridiculous levels, but what a season his team has had. Curious to see how it translates in his recruiting this year.
-- I’m convinced Thanksgiving weekend is busiest sports weekend of the year; so much going on. Rivalry Saturday in college football, 16-game NFL slate, lot of college basketball tournaments, as well as NBA/NHL. Just lot of stuff going on, tremendous amount of action.
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