Barely 24 hours after it was announced that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from head coaching duties, Steve Sarkisian has officially been terminated by USC. AD Pat Haden made the announcement via an official statement, which read as follows:
“After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately.
“I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation.
“Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being.”
Sarkisian was sent home yesterday after allegedly showing up to practice drunk and in a major emotional state, apparently sobbing in the corner at one point. Reports also surfaced that he had been drunk during the Trojans’ game against Arizona State a few weeks ago.
Thus continued the dangerous path that began before the season, when Sarkisian was caught on video visibly intoxicated and dropping expletives at a school event.
But he has now reached the end of the road, and perhaps hit rock bottom. Sarkisian no longer has the hope of returning to USC once he gets his personal life in order and deals with his problem and for all we know, this could be the end of his coaching career.
In time with both USC and Washington, he is 46-35 (31-26 Pac-12) with a bowl record of 2-2. In his first year at USC in 2014, the team was 9-4 (6-3 Pac-12) and beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.
Hopefully, this gives Sarkisian the freedom of mind to fully focus on his recovery.
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