Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian loses $30M lawsuit

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

An arbitrator ruled USC is not responsible for any more compensation to former coach Steve Sarkisian and denied his wrongful termination lawsuit.

But an arbitrator ruled last week in favor of the university, saying Sarkisian had hidden his condition from the school.

In a statement Monday, Sarkisian said he was 'disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on'.

Sarkisian blamed a mixture of medicine and alcohol for the incident, and was sacked two months later for missing practice and reportedly showing up intoxicated. One player even texted ESPN that Sarkisian "showed up lit to meetings again today".

He was replaced by current head coach Clay Helton.

Sarkisian claimed in the suit that USC didn't help him with his alcoholism, and that he was terminated because of the disability.

'We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well, ' said a statement from USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann.

Sarkisian has spoken publicly about his battle with alcoholism since accepting the job with the Falcons previous year, announcing that he is sober and had completed "intensive" treatment.

In less than two full seasons as the Trojans' head coach, Sarkisian, who was previously an offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll, led the team to a 12-6 record. "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 that's where my focus is and will remain".

He was sacked five games into the 2015 season after first announcing he would take a leave of absence.

Sarkisian first got into trouble at USC after he went on a "booze-filled rant" at a Salute To Troy event in August 2015. Multiple reports also claimed that Sarkisian was drunk during a game against Arizona State.

Sarkisian has said in recent years that he remains sober and completed a 30-day treatment program, according to the initial complaint.

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