So Steve Sarkisian got a little crunk on the big Salute to Troy night for the USC Football Program. According to several sources, he was fumbling around, used foul language and insulted other programs, particularly Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA (nice). This became dreadfully apparent after he showcased his inner frat boy while screaming “Fight the Fuck On,” into the podium mic right in front of the baby boomer big time donors. Once his three sheets to the wind state became brazenly evident, Pat Haden immediately escorted him off the stage and began scolding him behind closed doors. Thanks Dad.
The only real sources from that night is a 5 second video clip from some random, a few tweets here and there and straight word of mouth…like the good old days.
LA Times Sports columnist Bill Plaschke released a quite alarming video stressing the issue that USC really needs to be concerned about coach Steve Sarkisian’s behavior at the Salute to Troy event.
It’s almost as if he is rooting for some sort of immediate termination. Sarkisian released a statement claiming that he mixed prescription medicine with alcohol, mind you that this alcohol was completely free all night and most likely the best money can buy. Any intelligent individual would have to agree that his behavior was irresponsible, childish and wrong, especially because he is the head football coach, one of the highest positions of authority on campus, some may even argue even in the Pac-12 Conference.
So Plaschke’s reactionary video draws up some important points but I think his response was more so fueled by that “shocking” gossip chatter that many nowadays consider actual news. The guy is going through a messy divorce and decided to throw back a few free drinks. Who wouldn’t do the same? The only difference is that this guy had to go up and make a speech in front of hundreds of people, the same people who have very deep pockets, pockets that would like to be lightened by generous donations and such. Plaschke has every right to say what he thinks and feels, that’s why the LA times pays him. However, this Plaschke response seems a bit exaggerated, placing emphasis on buzz worthy words like “problems,” “humiliation,” and of course, the cliche “this is your wake-up call.” Did Sarkisian even need a wake-up call in the first place? How his players look at him is not the problem at all Plaschke, if anything his players are applauding this type of behavior because they can relate first-hand, “Hey, coach gettin’ turnt up!”
Funny how things can change over the span of 1 year, 1 incident no less.
Sarkisian has a lot of responsibilities that he must be held to on and off the field. This unfortunate event couldn’t have come at a worse time for USC. This is the first year USC is off NCAA probation. The Class of 2015 is the first full recruiting class USC has been able to put together for the first time in four years. This is still USC’s year, their time to rise and shine despite Sarkisian’s antics. Don’t ride off a team just because their coach got drunk. I bet you anything Les Miles does this shit all the time. Then again, that is the sacred SEC and this is the menial Pac-12, standards could be a bit skewed.
I don’t think a formal punishment is necessary. I think the shame and embarrassment alone will suffice for now until the season even starts. Sarkisian knows what he has to do this season to shut people up: WIN.