Now that Steve Sarkisian has been fired as the team’s head coach, a report from TMZ suggests that several Trojans players, starters included, are transferring to a different program.
Oddly enough, the parents who spoke to the infamous website did not say their issue was with Sarkisian’s termination, but with the university itself and its lack of oversight. One parent went so far as to say they felt “let down by the coaching staff.”
Another was even more harsh in saying, “My son’s high school team was more disciplined than the USC football program.”
But here are, quite possibly, the two most damning quotes of all:
“My son turned down several schools to come play for Coach Sarkisian. He told us [our son] would learn how to become a responsible young man but his actions haven’t been a good example. After this season, we will be re-evaluating whether or not to come back to the school.”
Another parent told us, “I am just very disappointed in the whole program. I thought this would be a great fit for my son but I can see things much clearer now … and it’s not. I don’t know if it’s going to get any better.”
Simply put, it’s looking like that AD Pat Haden could be looking at a full scale hitting of the reset button following the departure of Sarkisian, who was terminated yesterday after multiple issues with alcohol prior to and during this season.
Lots of the players committed to the program to play for him, it seems, and now appear hesitant to stay with the Trojans for the long run.
No matter how you look at it, this is a bad look for USC regardless of who is hired to be the next head coach.
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