Late Monday night, a report surfaced from the Los Angeles Times that the USC Trojans have banned alcohol from the locker room for the upcoming season. The news comes in the wake of head coach Steve Sarkisian’s drunken tirade at a booster event that went public.
Immediately, there were questions as to why such a ban had to be put in place to begin with.
Was there frequent alcohol use in the locker room? Well, it appears that there was. But no, it wasn’t because players were having unsupervised beer pong tournaments after games. As it turns out, Sarkisian was routinely drinking in the facility.
The alcohol use appeared to be a problem during Sarkisian’s days at Washington, as well.
“There were always beers and stuff around,” a former Washington athletic department employee said.
The report went on to say that Ed Orgeron had installed an alcohol ban when he was the interim head coach, but Sarkisian lifted the ban as soon as he was named the USC head coach.
Now, the alcohol culture will be squashed.
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