USC Trojans' head football coach Steve Sarkisian is taking an indefinite leave of absence and details are starting to emerge about the extent of Sarkisian's issues during his time as head coach.
The bulk of the details come from Los Angeles Daily News writer Scott Wolf, who's reporting indicates Sarkisian has a serious alcohol problem.
Sarkisian left practice this morning, and it didn't appear he was sober.
BREAKING: Players noticed Steve Sarkisian not sober at special teams meeting this morning #USC— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
BREAKING: #USC players said they smelled alcohol on Steve Sarkisian's breath during team meeting this morning— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
It's not the first time Sarkisian may not have been sober, including during a game this season.
BREAKING: Some #USC assistant coaches believed Steve Sarkisian was drunk during the Arizona State game on Sept. 26.— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
BREAKING: #USC assistants pulled Steve Sarkisian out of player huddle on sideline during Arizona State game. Believed he was not sober— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
Last season, Sarkisian apparently had issues with alcohol after games.
BREAKING: #USC players said Sarkisian drank and passed out on flight back from Washington State game in 2014. Some reportedly took photos— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
Player on last year's #USC team claims Sarkisian drank bottle of Patron Tequila after Notre Dame game at Coliseum in 2014— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
A witness tells me Patron Tequila was also Sarkisian drink of choice in locker room following #USC Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 11, 2015
The consequences of Sarkisian's actions are already starting to rear their ugly head, as Rivals #13 overall 2016 recruit Daelin Hayes decided to decommit from the program after today's shocking news:
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