Got a phone call in the middle of taking these videos, so it's chopped into two parts.
Did Sark tell you he was leaving? "As far as me and him? No."
Did he tell the team? "Yes he did. He told the team. It was a business decision. I'm not mad at him. His family is first. It would have been nice to get another game with him -- my last game. But things happen. We have to move on. Whoever our coach is going to be for the bowl game we're going to play hard. There's still a lot to accomplish this season. To finish (with) nine wins would be huge for the program. For this team. So that's our next goal."
Why? "For his family. At the end of the day, his family gotta eat. I'm sure if you were offered a lot of money to leave you would take that job, too." "I'm not mad at him. It was just a business decision and he made the right decision for his family."
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Going forward? "We're not sure. We're not sure. I'm sure we'll probably schedule up a team meeting or something here in these next couple days. Maybe I'll talk to the team. But there's still a lot to accomplish this season. We wish coach Sark well over at USC, but we have a pretty good football team. Wherever we're playing in a bowl game we're going to be ready to strap it up."
Did he tell you about the rest of the coaching staff? "No, we're not sure. We just know about him."
How surprising? "It was surprising. I think I heard it right after I got done lifting this morning. I turned on ESPN and that was like the top story. It was strange."
Did that bother you? "It wasn't supposed to leak out. It wasn't supposed to leak out. Coach Sark. I know Coach Sark, personally. He's not the type of person that's going to accept the job without informing at least me and the team. I'm not sure if it was supposed to get out the way that it did. Like I said, we're going to prepare like he's here and we're going to be ready for our bowl game."
What do you say to verbally committed recruits now? "It's a great program. When you recruit -- when you commit to a school you don't commit to a school because of a coach. You commit because of the university. That's the only thing is commit to the university."
What do you tell team? "Well our team, man we got a lot of great leaders. We got a lot of great leaders. I'm going to prepare the same because at the end of the day we're the ones playing out there. Not coach Sark. Or any of the other assistant coaches. We're the ones playing and so we're still going to have our same swagger. We're still going to perform at the highest of our abilities and we're going to continue to prepare like we've been preparing all season."
Another Pac-12 school? Does that not sit well? "I'm not worried about it. I probably won't ever play against USC ever again in mu life, for certain. It's a business decision. I don't knock coach Sark at all. Of course people are going to have their differences. I've grown closer to coach. To this coach. To this guy. He's a great friend of mine so I wish him all the luck in the world."
What was the meeting like? "It was business. It was straight down. He told us. It was no beating around the bush. He told us everything that we needed to know. Scott took over and talked to the team and then our leaders stepped up. That's all we can ask for."
What did Scott say? "That we're going to hire a great coach in the future."
No interim coach? "Not yet."
Would you want Sark to coach bowl game, if given the choice? "It really doesn't matter. I think this team has gotten to a level where we are self-motivated. We don't need a motivational speaker. We're motivated. We understand the task that's ahead of us. We've dealt with distractions all year. I've dealt with distractions my whole life, and especially my career here. I've been through the ups. I've been through the downs. This is just another steppingstone."
Would you like assistant to take over? "Our team, it doesn't really matter what our team… we don't care. We just want to play football. That's what we're here to do. We're here to play football. It doesn't matter who's coaching. You could have a janitor coaching us. We're self-motivated. We know we need to get to nine wins and that's the goal."