As USC embarks on the "era of Sark," the Trojans find themselves with a lot of loose ends that need tying and not much time to do it.
New head coach Steve Sarkisian will attempt to be in many places all at once as he hits the recruiting trail to secure future Trojans while trying to keep a finger on the pulse of his recently inherited team.
As if that is not enough, Sarkisian must also complete the finishing touches on a staff is only about one-third complete.
With high school recruiting set to enter into its "dead period," the Trojans' staff—such as it is—will have to find a way to convince prospects to come west without having position coaches established in many cases.
Because the clock is ticking on the approach of the Feb. 5 date when recruits can formally pledge to a university, Sark will have to look at the program in its entirety in order to assess where he needs it to be before spring camp opens.
When he does, here are some of the questions he will face.