New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian certainly has some big shoes to fill.
But that should be expected when taking over one of college football’s most storied programs.
On Monday afternoon, the university announced the hiring of the Torrance, Calif., native, via ESPN. It concluded a lengthy, two-month search for the Trojans after the controversial firing of former head coach Lane Kiffin.
There’s no doubt the school got it right with Sarkisian. Not to mention, with ties back to USC—he was the quarterback’s coach for a total of seven years—the 39-year-old knows what it takes to be successful in Los Angeles.
But that’s easier said than done.
This will easily be the toughest test of Sarkisian’s young coaching career.
Here are seven of the biggest challenges he’ll face with the Trojans.