According to a report relayed by Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde, the USC football program has fired coach Steve Sarkisian–and this comes just hours after USC announced that Sarkisian would be taking a leave of absence in order to address alcohol-related problems.
Well, hell. https://t.co/c3m5crw26i
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 12, 2015
“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,” said Trojans athletic director Pat Haden, via USCTrojans.com.
“I want to thank [offensive coordinator/QB coach] 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’s recent behavior certainly set off alarms across the country. Instead of paying attention to the Trojans, the media was forced to focus on multiple negative reports about Sarkisian, who was said to
According to TMZ, Sarkisian was “emotional” during his meeting with Haden–so much, in fact, that he had to be escorted away from the football facilities after being informed of his dismissal.
“Sark” posted an 12-6 record with the Trojans, who went 9-4 in 2014–Sark’s first year as coach. This year, USC is a disappointing 3-2–and it faces one of its rivals, No. 14-ranked Notre Dame (5-1), this Saturday in South Bend.
I’ve been told USC is still in the early stages of compiling a list of coaches to go after. Ed Orgeron, I’m told, will not be on that list.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 12, 2015