SEATTLE (AP) - Of the countless text messages that landed in
Steve Sarkisian 's inbox following Washington's upset of USC, one
"Well, you should retire now," wrote Tennessee head coach Lane
Kiffin, a former colleague of Sarkisian's at USC.
All joking aside, the idea that in Sarkisian's first year after
inheriting an 0-12 program he would be needing to guard against a
letdown following a huge upset seemed laughable. But that's the
case this week as the No. 24 Huskies prepare for Stanford.
Sarkisian says while the congratulations, attention and pats on
the back are great, the USC win is in the past and the Washington
coaches will make sure the players understand that.