Sarkisian is a decade younger than Orgeron and put up a winning record in his first head coaching foray.
Can't Sarkisian learn from his experiences?
Once USC fans step back from the suddenness of his hiring, they will realize Sarkisian really does "check off all the boxes."
He is rooted enough in USC's tradition to respect the use of a tight end and a tailback and "Student Body Right." His best players at Washington this season were tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and tailback Bishop Sankey.
Sarkisian, 39, is young enough to adjust to the game's ever-changing strategies and rhythms. This season, he implemented an up-tempo offense that almost beat Stanford at Palo Alto and stayed with Oregon for 31/2 quarters.
Washington's losses came against four Pac-12 Conference teams that have a combined record of 39-9. Three of those losses were on the road.
Could USC have done better?
The other USC option was to hire a young up-and-comer who has energy and shows promise.
Pat Haden, instead of taking a chance on someone just like Sarkisian, decided to hire Sarkisian.