Tim Davis, Steve Sarkisian Named USC Assistant Football Coaches

March 4, 2002

LOS ANGELES - Tim Davis, as assistant football coach at Wisconsin the past 5 years, has been named an assistant at USC working with the offensive line (guards and centers), while Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC as an assistant in charge of the quarterbacks, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

Carroll also said that Lane Kiffin, who handled USC's tight ends last season, will be the wide receivers coach in 2002, while Keith Uperesa, last year's Trojan offensive line coach, now will handle the offensive tackles and tight ends.

Davis, 43, spent the past 5 seasons (1997-2001) at Wisconsin in charge of the tight ends and offensive tackles. Badger tight end Mark Anelli was an All-Big Ten first teamer in 2001. Wisconsin played in the 1998 Outback Bowl, 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowls and 2000 Sun Bowl.

Davis began his coaching career at Wisconsin, working with the offensive line as a volunteer assistant in 1983 and 1986 and graduate assistant in 1984 and 1985. The Badgers appeared in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl.

He then coached a season each at Arizona (as the offensive line graduate assistant in 1987), Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College (as the offensive coordinator in 1988) and Idaho State (handling the offensive line in 1989).

He then was the offensive line coach at Utah for 7 seasons (1990-96). Ute center Lance Scott was a 2-time All-Western Athletic Conference pick, while tackle Anthony Brown also made All-WAC. Utah played in the 1992 and 1996 Copper Bowls and 1993 and 1994 Freedom Bowls (USC beat the Utes in the 1993 Freedom Bowl).

He was a 3-year (1978-80) letterman as an offensive tackle at Utah. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Utah in 1982.

He played professionally in 1981 with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats and in 1983 with the USFL's Los Angeles Express.

He starred in football and track at Castro Valley (Calif.) HS.

Davis was born June 17, 1958. He and his wife, Janice, have a son, Nick, 7, and a daughter, Mary Rose, 3.

Sarkisian, 27, spent the 2001 season as an offensive assistant at USC working with the quarterbacks. He left briefly in January of 2002 to become the quarterbacks coach at San Diego State.

In 2000, he was the quarterbacks coach at El Camino Junior College in Torrance, Calif. His quarterback, Robert Hodge, earned All-American honors.

Sarkisian knows a few things about quarterbacks, as he starred at the position at the prep, collegiate and pro levels. Most recently, he was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for 3 seasons (1997-99). He started in 1999 and threw 16 touchdowns.

He had a record-setting 2-year (1995-96) career at BYU, where he was coached by offensive coordinator Norm Chow, now at USC. Sarkisian completed 549-of-824 passes (66.6%) for 7,755 yards and 55 TDs in his career. His 162.0 career passing efficiency rating is third on the all-time NCAA list. As a senior in 1996, he led the nation in passing efficiency (173.6, the seventh best mark ever) as the Western Athletic Conference champion Cougars went 14-1 and won the 1997 Cotton Bowl. He was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996, won All-American second team honors and played in the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl. As a 1995 junior, he made the All-WAC team and led BYU to the WAC title. Against Fresno State that season, he set an NCAA game completion percentage record when he hit 31-of-34 passes (91.2%).

He came to BYU from El Camino Junior College, where he starred for 2 seasons (1993-94). He was a J.C. All-American first teamer as a 1994 sophomore and won All-Mission Conference honors in 1993 as a freshman. He also played baseball (shortstop) at El Camino in 1993.

He actually began his college career at USC, spending the fall of 1992 on the Trojan baseball team before transferring to El Camino.

He was a standout football and baseball player at West Torrance (Calif.) High.

He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from BYU in 1997 after getting his associate's degree in general studies from El Camino in 1994. In 2001, he began work on his master's degree in education from USC.

He was born March 8, 1974. His wife's name is Stephanie.

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