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USC football: Steve Sarkisian says relationship with Pete Carroll is fine

September 14, 2009 | 12:07 pm


After Steve Sarkisian earned his first victory as Washington's coach last Saturday, he denied speculation that there were hard feelings between him and his former boss, USC Coach Pete Carroll.

"No, no, no," Sarkisian told the Seattle Times.

Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt, another former Trojans assistant, also recently denied there were any hard feelings, the Seattle Times story said.

Washington tailback Chris Polk is among those in Seattle looking forward to playing the Trojans on Saturday in Seattle.

Polk, who played at Redlands East Valley High, made an oral commitment to the Trojans but signed with the Huskies.

Polk told the Seattle Times that he had heard the claim that "I was scared to compete" and that's why he didn't want to play at USC.

"They didn't take it too lightly when I decommitted to come here and they were kind of talking stuff last year when I was hurt," he told the paper.

"So I feel like I've got to go out there and prove it to them. ... There's something a little personal about it for me this week."

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Steve Sarkisian and Pete Carroll. Credit: Nick Ut / AP.