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College football notes: USC tabs Steve Sarkisian as coach

Steve Sarkisian was named the coach at Southern California on Monday, leaving the University of Washington to return to the Trojans’ storied program.

Two days after USC’s regular season ended with a loss to UCLA, Trojans athletic director Pat Haden replaced interim coach Ed Orgeron with yet another assistant coach from Pete Carroll’s championship-winning era at the school.

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Orgeron, who went 6-2 after replacing Lane Kiffin, resigned Monday after failing to get the job. Haden didn’t announce who will coach the Trojans in their bowl game, but it could be Sarkisian, who immediately left Washington

Sarkisian, 39, is a Los Angeles-area native who went 34-29 in five seasons at Washington, rebuilding a decimated program into a bowl contender.

Sarkisian was on Carroll’s staff as the quarterbacks coach for USC’s national championship in 2003.

Big Ten issues rulings

Bo Pelini will have to pay for his latest rant.

The Big Ten Conference issued a public reprimand of Nebraska’s coach and fined the university $10,000 for Pelini’s comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa last week.

University spokeswoman Chris Anderson said the money will come out of Pelini’s compensation.

Pelini used an expletive at his postgame news conference while discussing a pass interference penalty.

The Big Ten office also decided not to suspend players or coaches in the wake of a fight Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan, but the conference issued a public reprimand to Buckeyes starting right guard Marcus Hall and the coaching staff. Hall was ejected for coming onto the field to participate in the skirmish and threw a tantrum leaving.

Wake’s Grobe resigns

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe is resigning after 13 seasons at the school. The 61-year-old Grobe was 77-82 with the Demon Deacons. Grobe was AP national coach of the year in 2006 . . . Dick Biddle, the winningest coach in Colgate and Patriot League history, retired after 18 seasons and seven league titles. Biddle, 66, was 137-73 overall and 81-27 against league competition. Associate head coach Dan Hunt will take over . . . Illinois coach Tim Beckman will return after a second consecutive losing season, athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed. The Illini were 4-8 (1-7 Big Ten).

Richardson declares

Junior receiver Paul Richardson is leaving Colorado to enter the NFL draft. Richardson caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns this season . . . Arkansas State accepted a bid to play in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala., for the third year in a row. The Red Wolves (7-5, 5-2 Sun Belt) said they will play an opponent from the Mid-American Conference.

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