U of Southern California Fires Head Football Coach

October 13, 2015

The University of Southern California fired its head football coach, Steve Sarkisian, on Monday after he appeared to be intoxicated at a recent game and during team meetings. In August, the head coach apologized for similar behavior at a team function that he said was the result of being under the influence of alcohol and painkillers. A player told ESPN that Sarkisian "showed up lit to meetings" on Sunday, and the university asked the coach to take a leave of absence later that day.

"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," Pat Haden, USC athletic director, said in a statement Monday. "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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