USC coach Steve Sarkisian on forced leave of absence

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.

#USC football practice just ended. Head coach Steve Sarkisian was scheduled to speak to the media, but he did not attend practice.

— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 11, 2015

A #USC source called me during practice to say Steve Sarkisian was not in "good shape" this morning

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015

Sark was not at #USC practice today. AD Pat Haden and associate ADs J.K. McKay and Steve Lopes were.

— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) October 11, 2015

I'm told players just met w/Pat Haden and Clay Helton is interim coach as Haden has asked Sarkisian to take a temp. leave of absence #USC

— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 11, 2015

Two sources at USC say Steve Sarkisian was sent home by athletic director Pat Haden earlier today.

— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 11, 2015

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports then provided the greatest detail, and it’s not pretty.

Am told by multiple sources Steve Sarkisian showed up in no condition to work today & #USC brass knows he needs serious help.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 11, 2015

As I said before, source tells me Sarkisian was not sober earlier today #USC

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015

Sarkisian is set to seek treatment.

Steve Sarkisian will seek treatment and Clay Helton is interim coach at USC per source

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) October 11, 2015

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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