July 11th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Steve Sarkisian’s outburst at USC’s annual “Salute to Troy” preseason booster rally on a Saturday night in August 2015 gave the public its first glimpse into the issues with alcohol that plagued the Trojans’ former football coach during the final months of his tenure. Similar incidents of erratic behavior, including the use of alcohol, had also been reported earlier that year to those in USC’s athletic department, including then-Athletic Director Pat Haden, according to documents filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. Staff members and donors told Haden that Sarkisian had appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at a booster event on April 28, 2015, at the Jonathan Club, a private club in downtown Los Angeles. They described Sarkisian’s “presentation” as “not good,” according to Haden. Haden described both incidents in a signed “last-chance agreement” between the university and Sarkisian four days after his highly publicized “Salute to Troy” speech, when he shouted a profanity and slurred his speech in front of the team, boosters, alumni and other fans. –  JOEY KAUFMAN, ocregister – Read More

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