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At 37, Steve Sarkisian is an up-and-coming head coach in college football.
This is his first head coaching position, and he showed strong improvement from his first year to his second.
After a porous 5-7 season in 2009, the Huskies took the next step by not only making it to a legitimate bowl but avenging their regular season loss over Nebraska in a 19-7 Holiday Bowl win.
Sarkisian has brought energy and promise to this program for the first time in years.
In his third season at the helm, he will look to make his second bowl game.
With his experience as a quarterbacks' coach in multiple places, including USC, he will be able to address the single biggest glaring need for the program.
They need a new leader at quarterback, and Sarkisian will find and develop the right man for the job.
He will emerge as one of the best young college head coaches in the future, but for this year Sarkisian will simply try to lead his team to its second straight bowl game.