USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: SARKISIAN REBUFFS OLE MISS INTEREST.
USC assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian said he is not interested in becoming the offensive coordinator at Mississippi.
Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron, a former USC assistant, is expected to fire offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone after the season and Sarkisian is considered a top candidate because Orgeron was interested in him last season for the position.
At that time, Sarkisian was an assistant with the Oakland Raiders but turned down the job and decided to come back to USC for a second stint.
``I'm happy with my job right now,'' Sarkisian said. ``I'm excited to be back at USC.''
USC assistant coach Lane Kiffin also turned the job down last season before being promoted to Trojans' offensive coordinator.
Other candidates for the Ole Miss job include former Ole Miss quarterback John Fourcade and ex-New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, both former teammates of Orgeron.
--Local invasion: USC coaches will be watching several local high school teams tonight in the playoffs. Sarkisian will watch Oaks Christian of Westlake Village play La Salle of Pasadena, to watch quarterback Jimmy Clausen, running back Marc Tyler and cornerback Marshall Jones.
Defensive backs coach Greg Burns will attend the Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks-Muir of Pasadena game to watch Knights quarterback Garrett Green and tailback Rodney Glass.
USC needs to sign a quarterback for next season and is also recruiting Tim Tibow of Jacksonville, Fla.
Meanwhile, USC coach Pete Carroll goes to the Chaminade of West Hills-Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates game. Carroll's reasons are personal, because his son, Nate, plays for Peninsula.
--Banner theft: Thieves cut the USC logos from banners that ring the Coliseum field for home games and featured likenesses of past players.
--Welcome break: Defensive end Frostee Rucker, who had one tackle against Fresno State, rested his injured shoulder this week. Carroll said Rucker would be ready for the UCLA game.
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