- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
There has been a distinct difference in the reaction of two particular groups when it comes to USC's recent hiring of Steve Sarkisian and Washington's subsequent hiring of Chris Petersen as head coach. When it comes to media members and recruits, things couldn't be much different.
The Sarkisian hire at USC was met with very tempered expectations -- if that -- by national media, but recruits immediately reacted positively to the news, with many of them saying it was a slam-dunk hire and "Sark" would immediately reap the benefits on the recruiting trail. Petersen moving from Boise State to Washington, meanwhile, is being hailed by media members as perhaps the best hire of all the Pac-12 coaching moves in recent years -- and there have been many -- but, at least early on, many recruits seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the hire, although a number are definitely on board with the new coach.