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Steve Sarkisian Taking Leave of Absence
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Quote:Haden was not specific about the reasons for Sarkisian’s absence, only saying that “it was very clear to me that he is not healthy.” Haden spoke to Sarkisian by phone Sunday, and he asked the coach to take a leave.

Sarkisian publicly apologized before the season after he showed up drunk at a pep rally and made a slurred public statement. He announced that he would be getting unspecified treatment but said he did not think he had a drinking problem and blamed his unsteady appearance on combining alcohol and medication.
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Sarkisian is 12-6 during his short tenure leading the Trojans, who lost, 17-12, to unranked Washington last Thursday. Sarkisian had been on the road recruiting during the weekend.



Helton is in his second stint as U.S.C.’s interim coach. He led the Trojans to a Las Vegas Bowl victory in 2013, a calendar year in which the Trojans had four different head coaches.

Sarkisian, a former B.Y.U. quarterback who played in the C.F.L., was an assistant under Pete Carroll on the Trojans’ great teams of the previous decade. Coaching alongside Lane Kiffin, Sarkisian ran U.S.C.’s offense before getting hired by the University of Washington to take over a winless program in 2009.

Sarkisian rebuilt the Huskies into a regular bowl team but could not lift them among the Pac-12’s elite. Sarkisian, a Torrance, Calif., native left Washington to return to U.S.C. after Haden fired Kiffin five games into the 2013 season and then told the interim coach Ed Orgeron that he would not get the full-time job.

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Not a good sign. The pressure to win at USC and most likely an alcohol problem make for a bad health situation. I hope he can pull it together mainly for himself and his family.
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(10-11-2015, 09:53 PM)CincyGrad92 Wrote: Not a good sign.  The pressure to win at USC and most likely an alcohol problem make for a bad health situation.  I hope he can pull it together mainly for himself and his family.

The fans seem to really hate this guy.
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