UW’s Sarkisian, USC’s Kiffin spar again in rivalry



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Barkley didn’t share the rest of the college football world’s surprise when Washington coach Steve Sarkisian solemnly told a roomful of reporters this week that he would draft Barkley over Stanford superstar Andrew Luck.

That’s because it sounded just like something Southern California coach Lane Kiffin might say about Sarkisian’s players to stir the pot heading into the Huskies’ attempt to beat No. 18 USC for the third straight time on Saturday.

Although it’s usually behind the scenes, both former Trojans assistant coaches never hesitate to throw a little spice into USC’s simmering rivalry with the Huskies (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12), who beat the Trojans (7-2, 4-2) on last-second field goals in each of Sarkisian’s first two meetings with his former employer.