USC Trojans head football coach Steve Sarkisian missed the team’s Sunday practice, and it was later learned that he had been sent home on a leave of absence by AD Pat Haden.
Multiple sources reported Sarkisian’s absence and the subsequent break in the story on Twitter.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports then provided the greatest detail, and it’s not pretty.
Sarkisian is set to seek treatment.
Thus continues a roller coaster season for both the Trojans program and Sarkisian himself. He sought counseling just before the start of the season after being caught on video apparently drunk and going on an expletive-laden tirade at a USC donor event.
Sarkisian is also going through a divorce, never easy for anyone.
Moreoever, USC has underachieved terribly after being considered a favorite to win the Pac-12 on the back of star quarterback Cody Kessler. Instead, the Trojans are 3-2 and just suffered an embarrassing 17-12 loss to an unranked Washington Huskies squad a few days ago and fell out of the rankings as a result.
Thus, Haden probably thought it best for Sarkisian to step away from the team for a bit and get his head together so he could come back fully focused on his coaching duties.
Campus Sports will update this story when any new information becomes available.
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