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Originally published Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

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Editorial: Seismic day for UW, Seahawks fans

The University of Washington Huskies lost their football coach to Pac-12 rival USC, while the Seahawks won big and their fans made a record roar.

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UNIVERSITY of Washington football fans felt the Earth move on Monday, as the Huskies’ head football coach Steve Sarkisian announced he would go to the University of Southern California.

Across town, Seattle Seahawks fans let out a first-quarter eruption that officially registered as an earthquake. The team went on to summit the NFC with a 34-7 win over New Orleans. The Seahawks also have the best record in the NFL.

The range of emotion from glum to giddy is roughly grounded in the same realm: demonstrated success.

The Seahawks are following a young quarterback to glory, which has evaded the team for nearly a decade.

Sarkisian is returning to familiar turf at USC, where he spent seven seasons learning his coaching skills. He is getting that shot because he proved he could revive a recumbent team and point it toward winning seasons.

Sarkisian leaves the Huskies after five years. In what would be his final season, he led the team to an 8-4 win-loss record, an Apple Cup victory and the possibility of a bowl appearance. Yes, that is why Dawg fans are stunned.

Howling Huskies have to remember Sarkisian took over a team with a 0-12 record. Have the grace to wish him well, and thank him for the turnaround.

He recruited well, gave the team a future and, as the way these things work, caught the eye of a team looking for help. As with the Huskies of old, three or four losses is a disaster for the Trojans.

Lots of talent is prowling the coaching sidelines, eager for a call from the Huskies. And why not? The coach might be leaving, but the talent that stays behind is exceptional.

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