Sarkisian apologizes for behavior at USC event

USC coach Steve Sarkisian has issued a public apology for his “behavior” and “inappropriate language” at Saturday’s “Salute to Troy” kickoff event.

Citing sources,’s Kevin Gemmell and Shelley Smith reported Sunday that Sarkisian was “intoxicated, used foul language and insulted other programs” (saying, “they all suck”) while appearing “to be drunk and … slurring his words.”

ESPN also obtained video of Sarkisian’s apparent use of the F-word in his address to the crowd:

Sarkisian and USC athletic director Pat Haden responded by issuing a statement through the team’s website Sunday. Haden said he had “expressed [his] disappointment” with Sarkisian in what appears to have been an intense private meeting.

“I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night,” Sarkisian said. “I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again.”

Said Haden: “I met with Coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the University at our Salute To Troy event. While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”

USC opens its 2015 season two weeks from Satuday’s event at home against Arkansas State.

Steve Sarkisian and Pat Haden issued a joint statement Sunday. (USATSI)Steve Sarkisian and Pat Haden issued a joint statement Sunday (USATSI)

Source: CBS College FB


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