NCAA College Football College Football Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

Steve Sarkisian won't fight on after former USC football coach loses dispute over firing

Steve Sarkisian won't fight on after former USC football coach loses dispute over firing
Published On: Tue, Jul 10
Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) addresses the crowd after being named the game's offensive player as head coach Steve Sarkisian (left) looks on after the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The dispute between USC and Steve Sarkisian over the football coacha€™s abrupt firing in 2015 ended last week when the school prevailed in an arbitration hearing.

a€œI am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on,a€ Sarkisian, the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, said Monday in a statement. a€œMuch gratitude to everyone who has shown their support and stood by me. The last two years have been trying, but I am in now a great place, healthy, happy and loving my job with the Falcons and have the support of my family and friends and thata€™s where my focus is and will remain.a€

Then-USC athletic director Pat Haden fired Sarkisian in October 2015 after the coach slurred his words and shouted a profanity during the a€œSalute to Troya€ preseason booster event, didna€™t appear to be himself during a game and acted strangely before a team meeting.

Sarkisian sued USC two months later, claiming Haden dismissed him rather than allow him to seek treatment for alcoholism. The coach sought the $12.6 million remaining on his contract plus unspecified damages.

The lawsuit said Sarkisian was a€œupset, teary and nearly hyperventilatinga€ before calling Haden and asking for time off. According to the complaint, Haden responded: a€œUnbelievable! Cana€™t you even go back to the office to finish the day?a€ Sarkisian said: a€œNo, I need to get help. I'm not right.a€

USC called the lawsuita€™s claims a€œpatently untruea€ and alleged that Sarkisian a€œrepeatedly denieda€ to university officials that he had a problem with alcohol.

Read the complete news article here...

More Featured News

Alabama coach Nick Saban announces seven new additions to Crimson Tide coaching staff
Published On: Sat, Feb 16
AlabamaA coach Nick Saban announced his coaching staff for the 2019 season on Friday, and it's filled with plenty of new faces. The staff features 11 total coaches (Saban and 10 ass...
Todd Grantham gets contract extension with heftier buyout clause
Published On: Sat, Feb 16
Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham turned down an offer to become Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator late Wednesday night, informing coach Dan Mullen he plans to stay...
Oregon, defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt mutually agree to part ways after two seasons
Published On: Sat, Feb 16
Oregon's athletic department released a statement Thursday morning, saying that the football program and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt "mutually" parted ways."The agreement will...
David Blough trying to continue following in Drew Brees footsteps
Published On: Thu, Feb 14
They both played high school football in Texas. They both played college football at Purdue. They both play quarterback. They both have the initials DB.Drew Brees measured barely ov...
Missouri coach Barry Odom calls out Tennessee for recruiting his players
Published On: Wed, Feb 13
Missouri's Barry Odom offered his fellow SEC football coaches a little fodder for lunchtime small talk Wednesday at their annual meeting.Odom on Tuesday said his 19 seniors are bein...
Former Michigan coach Brady Hoke returns to San Diego State as defensive line coach
Published On: Wed, Feb 13
Brady Hoke is returning to the place that landed him the job of Michigan football coach.San Diego State has hired Hoke to coach its defensive line, the school announced on Wednesday...
Virginia Techs D.J. Crossen has been serving indefinite suspension since September
Published On: Wed, Feb 13
After playing in the first two games of the 2018 season,A D.J. CrossenA didna€™t see the field again for Virginia Tech.A  Now, we know the reason for that turn of events.A  Somewhat...
Four-Star WR Puka Nacua Signs With Washington After Backing Off USC Commitment
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Former USC recruit Puka Nacua announced Sunday that he would be attending the University of Washington.Nacua, a four-star wide receiver from Utah, initally committed to USC in June,...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts