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USC football coach Steve Sarkisian reminisces about brief Trojans baseball career

Apr 10, 2015

Pac-12 Networks announcers JB Long and Scott Erickson welcomed a special guest during Friday's USC-UCLA baseball matchup, as Trojans football coach Steve Sarkisian stopped by for a chat in the fourth inning.

Coach Sark loves to talk pigskin, but he also shared the story about how he arrived on USC's campus as a shortstop back in the fall of 1992. Only he wasn't the best freshman baseball player at the position. Current USC third-base coach Gabe Alvarez was also part of the recruiting class, and as Sark told Long and Erickson, Alvarez was a much better shortstop.

"Gabe is really the reason I gave up baseball and went to football," Sarkisian said.

Current USC baseball head coach Dan Hubbs was also a part of that Trojans baseball team as a senior pitcher, but Sarkisian transferred to El Camino Junior College after one semester to restart his career in football. He ended up at BYU, where he was the starting quarterback for the final two seasons of his college career.

All's well that ends well, though. Turns out Sarkisian and Alvarez both found homes as coaches at USC.

"I think it worked out for everybody," Sarkisian said.

As Sarkisian noted, it will be quite a busy weekend for USC athletics. On Saturday, Sarkisian and his team are set to take the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for their spring game, and you can watch it at 3 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.