Washington Huskies Football

Washington vs. Washington State: Huskies Should Fire Steve Sarkisian

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 6: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies has some words with an official during the first quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks on October 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

It's time for Washington to part ways with Steve Sarkisian.

The Huskies fell to their rivals, Washington State, in the Apple Cup Friday evening. The Cougars were able to benefit from timely turnovers en route to an 18-point fourth quarter and WSU won by the final score of 31-28 in overtime.

It's a rather sour ending to the regular season for Washington (ranked No. 25 going into the game). Their 7-5 record ensures the Huskies a bowl game, but that offers very little consolation for dejected Huskies fans.

Todd Pheifer has written a piece in which he comes to the conclusion that 2012 should be considered a success.

Sarkisian's time in Seattle is a far cry from Keith Gilbertson and Tyrone Willingham's tenures, and to that end, he has been a success.

But it's still not enough. The loss should definitely call into question the security of Sarkisian.

He is without question a good coach. But good coaches don't always make good head coaches.

Sarkisian was a member of Pete Carroll's coaching staff at USC, and like many others, he received widespread acclaim. He was a hot commodity when it came to young head coaching candidates.

Unfortunately, Sarkisian is just another in a line of former Trojans coordinators who have failed when given the top job.

Lane Kiffin was fired from the Raiders, bolted from Tennessee and has the preseason No. 1 Trojans sitting at 7-4.

Ed Orgeron was a combined 10-25 at Ole Miss.

Norm Chow never reached the heights he did with USC when he coached the Tennessee Titans, UCLA and Utah. He's now in charge of the 1-9 Hawaii Warriors.

It's a bit the same as when Josh McDaniels, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel were all poached from Bill Belichick's staff. People kept assuming that Belichick would fall off because he'd lost all of these "gurus," but in reality he was the catalyst for his team's success.

Sarkisian hasn't been a failure at Washington, but fans should expect more.

UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford have surpassed the Huskies in the Pac-12. Even Rich Rodriguez looks like he might have Arizona on the rise.

Sarkisian has them in a period of stasis where they don't look terrible, but they also don't look like they're going to elevate to an elite level.

He's able to bring in good recruits, so that's not the problem and 2009 can be dismissed because of the 0-12 record.

Here's their recruiting rankings since 2010, according to Scout.com:

2010—11th

2011—22nd

2012—22nd

2013—13th

On paper, he should be doing much more with the weapons at his disposal. But Sarkisian wouldn't be the first coach to fail at coaching up good recruits.

He's an upgrade over those who preceded him, but Sarkisian isn't good enough to warrant holding onto the Washington head coaching job.

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