Steve Sarkisian came from Southern California, with lots of background and history with one of the elite programs in college football, to the University of Washington where he has no track record as a play-caller.
John Chavis spent more than a decade at Tennessee before moving to Louisiana State last winter in an effort to return the Tigers’ defense to prominence.
So, what scouting film does LSU watch this week? USC, of course. And some UW.
And the Huskies? The Vols and LSU.
“That is always a challenge when you bring in a new coordinator – what did he do previously scheme-wise, and what does his scheme do to fit the personnel he has?” said Sarkisian on his first Pacific-10 Conference weekly media address Tuesday.
“We’ve run into that some with what we’re doing here, and I’m sure coach Chavis has down there. It’s always a challenge.”
And with the UW coming off an 0-12 season, and LSU having its first losing SEC season under Les Miles, which team has more motivation coming into the season opener Saturday at Husky Stadium?
“I think it’s somewhat of a wash. Obviously we have guys here who are fighting for pride, and what they came here for and what they’re trying to get accomplished. And I think LSU has got the same thing,” Sarkisian said.
“I don’t think our two programs are any different than any other program in the country. Everyone is fighting for respect here, especially early in the year. Nobody has a loss yet; we’re all undefeated, and so the challenge for everybody is, ‘Are you channeling that energy and enthusiasm and that respect factor in the right direction, so that your team can go out and perform well?’”