For five seasons Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian coached side by side for USC under Pete Carroll. These were the Golden Years of the Carroll era, when recruiting hummed along with the greatest of ease and wins, national championships and Heisman trophies piled up seemingly effortlessly.
In fact, in the last two of their five years together at Troy, Kiffin and Sarkisian shared responsibility for the offense.
The two coaches remain good friends and will meet for the third time this Saturday in Seattle when USC takes on the Washington Huskies at Century Link field.
In 2010, the Huskies shocked the Trojans with a last second field goal to win the game. In 2011, USC demolished Washington 40-17.
The Trojans enter this game with a 4-1 record, ranked 11th in the AP poll and 9th in the Coaches poll. The Huskies are 3-2 with their losses coming against LSU and Oregon. Of note, Washington defeated the same Stanford team that beat USC 12 days earlier.
The transitive property cannot be applied to football, but sometimes it is hard to resist.
Nevertheless, Washington remains a potential trap game for the Trojans. USC is already racking up penalties like crazy and the extreme noise at Century Link field will not be to the Trojans' advantage.
But let’s take a look at some specific Kiffin and Sarkisian traits and how they stack up in this 2012 matchup between the Pac-12 opponents.