Football Links: Friendly Rivalry
The storyline almost writes itself. Steve Sarkisian returning home to Los Angeles to face USC, the school where he previously coached. Add to the mix that he'll face off against Lane Kiffin, one of his best friends in the coaching profession, and it's safe to say there's a lot of easy copy to write this week in the buildup to the Huskies-Trojans on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Thankfully, as Sark pointed out in the Seattle Times, the battle is between the players and not the staffs:
"Fortunately for everybody involved, Lane and I aren't going to be blocking or tackling or running or throwing or catching Saturday. So we're all OK there. These are both jobs we thought were special ones, especially in the Pac-10. It's a unique experience, this early in our careers, to be facing each other in such a pivotal ballgame in the Pac-10 race."
Sarkisian readies for first trip back to the Coliseum - Tacoma News-Tribune
USC game a true homecoming for Sarkisian - Everett Herald
Pete Carroll will watch UW-USC with interest - Seattle PI
From The Los Angeles Perspective
Lane Kiffin has high praise for Jake Locker - Los Angeles Times
Kiffin, Sarkisian ready to take friendship to the next level - Los Angeles Times
USC victory is part of the plan - Los Angeles Daily News
Kiffin, Sarkisian cut from the same mold - OC Register
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