5 Things Steve Sarkisian Must Change at USC in Year 1

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5 Things Steve Sarkisian Must Change at USC in Year 1
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USC coach Steve Sarkisian

The Lane Kiffin era at USC ended later than many Trojans fans would have liked, and even with a spirited effort by interim head coach Ed Orgeron in leading the the team to double-digit wins, the program went with now-former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Sark, you might recall, served on the Trojans' staff during the Pete Carroll era and played a major role in the grooming of many great quarterbacks.

While the squad is certainly stocked with top-tier talent, a lack of depth from NCAA sanctions has played a big role in recent underachievement. Soundly beating a one-loss Fresno State club in the Las Vegas Bowl should give Sark momentum heading into the offseason, but there's still a steep hill to climb in Year 1.

For starters, beating UCLA and Notre Dame should be a top priority. But beyond that, the team is in need of a makeover. Perhaps not a full-blown, flip-the-program-upside-down makeover, but changes need to be made for Troy to regain the stature it had in the previous decade as one of the best teams in the country.

Here are five things Sarkisian must change in his first full year as the head coach of USC.


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