LOS ANGELES — Steve Sarkisian is as good in a job interview as perhaps any coach in college football, and that is no doubt one reason why the former USC assistant landed the full-time job to lead the Trojans.
After firing Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29, USC representatives contacted agents to gauge the interest of high-profile coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban, a person close to the situation said.
After speaking with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in November, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden eventually zeroed in on Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin, the source said, but Haden could not meet with him until after the Aggies’ regular season was complete.
Haden was scheduled to meet with Sumlin on Sunday, a day after USC’s loss to UCLA, but Texas A&M announced Saturday that Sumlin had agreed to a six-year contract extension, the source said.
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