The USC Trojans are going through quite a few issues with head coach Steve Sarkisian and they asked him to take a leave of absence. There were reports that he showed up intoxicated to the team facilities and he has taken a leave of absence from the team. Clay Helton will take over as the interim head coach of the Trojans.
Unfortunately, since the issues have come up the Trojans have been seeing other issues due to the situation that they are dealing with. Five-star 2016 linebacker Daelin Hayes has decided to de-commit from USC due to the status of Sarkisian and will explore potential other options while the situation plays itself out.
No one can blame Hayes for de-committing at this point in time, as there is a good chance that Sarkisian could end up being fired when this entire situation settles down.
Hayes is currently the No. 13 player in the entire recruiting class and has the potential to completely alter the future of any defense that he commits to. He is an extremely intimidating body at 6-foot-3 and 254 pounds. If the Trojans can figure out the Sarkisian situation and bring him back next season, there is a very good chance that Hayes will simply re-commit to USC and call it a day.
That being said, the next few weeks will be intriguing to follow the situation at USC. Sarkisian has been building the program back up from the Pete Carroll disaster, but it has taken some time and now these issues will throw a wrench in the situation again.
Expect to hear more information about the Sarkisian situation over the next week and we will update the story as more information is released.
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