University of South California football head coach Steve Sarkisian is taking an inconclusive leave of absence after athletic director Pat Haden confirmed that the pained coach is “not beneficial.”
Haden reported the choice in a quickly called news gathering Sunday after Sarkisian didn’t appear for practice.
“I believe it’s the best thing for our team, and I’ve generally got the chance to make the wisest decision for our team and for our school,” Haden said.
Hostile organizer Clay Helton will assume responsibility of the Trojans (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12), who have lost two of their last three games. USC visits No. 14 Notre Dame (5-1) on Saturday.
Haden wasn’t particular about the explanations behind Sarkisian’s absence, just saying that “it was clear to me” that the second-year USC coach was unwell. Haden requested that Sarkisian take a leave amid a telephone discussion.
Sarkisian freely apologized before the season after he seemed, by all accounts, to be inebriated while putting forth an insecure open expression at the Salute to Troy enthusiasm rally. He reported he would be getting unspecified treatment, however didn’t believe he had a drinking issue, faulting his appearance for joining liquor and solution.
Sarkisian is 12-6 amid his short residency leading the gifted Trojans, who were dropped from the AP Top 25 subsequent to losing 17-12 to unranked Washington last Thursday. Sarkisian had been out and about enrolling amid the long weekend, however obviously wasn’t in condition to lead rehearse Sunday, as indicated by Haden.
Sarkisian, a previous BYU quarterback player who played in CFL, was an associate under Pete Carroll in the Trojans’ extraordinary teams of the earlier decade.
Sarkisian went 9-4 from his first season in USC, losing a modest bunch of defining moments yet showing guarantee in the last year of the school’s NCAA-ordered scholarship confinements. In the first enrolling cycle after the authorizations finished, Sarkisian and his staff signed the country’s accord top class last February.
The Trojans were positioned No. 8 in the preseason AP Top 25 and picked to win the Pac-12 in a media survey, however the ability loaded team has been unremarkable since ascending to No. 6 in the rankings a month ago. USC surrendered 41 points in its first loss to Stanford a week ago, and the offense was incompetent all through its five-point loss to the Huskies.
“We’ll take the same methodology as we did the last time we were in this,” Helton said. “It’s about the children, and it’s about the Trojan Family. That is it.”