USC Fires Steve Sarkisian One Day After Making Him Take A Leave Of Absence

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USC football coach Steve Sarkisian said he’d take a leave of absence yesterday after showing up to practice “in no condition to work” Sunday, but athletic director Pat Haden made the decision today to fire Sarkisian outright.

Sarkisian had planned on seeking treatment for his problems with alcohol once he took his leave of absence, and today’s report from the Los Angeles Times hinted at Sarkisian’s issues when he was the head coach at Washington. The school thinks more details will come out:


Haden named Clay Helton as the interim head coach in his statement:

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.


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