A Dark Sark Day

New Southern California football head coach Steve Sarkisian pauses for a moment during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC hired Sarkisian away from Washington on Monday, bringing back the former Trojans offensive coordinator to his native Los Angeles area and the storied program where he thrived as Pete Carroll's assistant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

So I was just about to write-up a post about the dismal Sarkisian situation this Monday morning, and as it turns out, he was fired in a matter of hours, right after lunchtime PST to be exact.  Didn’t know it could get any worse 😛

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This is definitely one of the darkest times USC football has ever faced. The head football coach has become persona non grata on campus, go figure.  Reggie can now plan his celebrated return, Bush pushing it back to Heritage Hall.

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The issue of Sark being a drunk shouldn’t really come as a surprise to us SC fans, let alone Pat Haden.  Apparently the Washington Huskies, his previous coaching job before taking on SC, were well aware of his addiction and some players even took to their Twitter to LOL about the situation.

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Fox Sports even reported several additional incidents that involved Sark and the bottle. Among the reported incidents:

• One former Huskies player claims he “smelled alcohol” on Sarkisian at team meetings “one or two” times;

• Another ex-Huskie said that in 2009, Sarkisian sometimes arrived at meetings “smelling like booze” and with his “eyes all red”;

• Two other former Huskies said Sarkisian and other coaches regularly drank alcohol in their offices;

• Several receipts obtained by the Times show hefty tabs for alcohol paid for in Sarkisian’s name.

So how was Pat Haden not aware of ANY of this?  How was this guy even hired?

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This unfortunate incident sadly exposes a gaping issue that is bigger than crunk Sarkisian, which could be an even more detrimental to the program.  As University Athletic Director, Pat Haden is responsible for managing all athletic programs and hiring those sufficient enough to run said programs.  Haden is 0 for 2 with the football program.  He didn’t hire Lane Kiffin, but he did drag that along quite nicely. The white visor-wearing douche was a complete disgrace.  Coach O was the only savior that graced the football program’s presence finishing the regular season on a high note and he was an interim! Promptly after the season ended, Haden dismissed him in order to make room for Jose Cuervo.  Coach O was so distraught by Haden’s decision that he didn’t even stay to coach the team in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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Now this a fun trip down memory lane, remember when Haden and Sarkisian got in trouble? On September 8, 2014 he and USC football coach Steve Sarkisian were reprimanded by Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott for attempting “to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest” during the September 6 game with Stanford. Haden was fined $25,000.  Yea that was fun…..

Haden’s employee vetting almost reminds me of a certain under-qualified Vice Presidential candidate…….

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Pat Haden must be under some serious fire, putting him in the HOT seat.  I mean ridiculously HOT, the HOT that is only found in HELL, HOT.  The man has only been Athletic Director for roughly 5 years.  I understand that the deistic legacy of Pete Carroll still runs deep within the program and forever will be until the man gets a gold statue on campus, but that doesn’t mean we need to try and desperately hang on to every individual that had some sort of connection to the winning program.  I know it may be hard to digest, but USC needs to start fresh and try and establish a new order.

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I know it’s scary to go out and try something new guys, but in the long run you will be respected for it even if you falter for a short while.  But then again this is College Football we’re talking about, the one athletic program that is so highly coveted that some universities’ entire endowment is given just to the football program.  Clearly our priorities are in line.

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All we can do in the interim is hope that Sarkisian seeks out the proper rehabilitation treatment to help him alleviate his alcohol addiction.  AND for Haden to get a clue

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2 thoughts on “A Dark Sark Day

  1. This is certainly a dark day in USC football program. I really think that they should have fired Sark when the season was over not at this particular moment. Pat Haden is on the Hot seat for sure. But this isn’t the second hire he’s done wrong as Athletic Director at SC. Lane Kiffin was hired by Mike Garrett and Haden just picked up the pieces. If he had some knowledge that Sark was drinking at Washington University than he should probably resign at the end of the season. These evidence of him buying booze and it seems like it’s a bunch of booze doesn’t mean he drank all that alcohol. I think people tend to exaggerate his drinking problem. But it is a fact he needs help for sure. SC needs a huge change and stop living under the Pete Carroll shadow. What SC had with Pete Carroll was an amazing time for the university and for college football. But that ship has sailed and SC needs a coach that will change the football program for the best. To become a winner once again.

    • Oh yea I always forget that Garrett hired Kiffin! I edited the post to reflect that, but Haden did keep him for too long 😛
      It is important to remember that Pete Carroll came from virtually nothing. He was not a big name and a lot of people poo pooed the hire. And look how that turned out 🙂
      We need to hire somebody that really can rebuild the program and make it their own, not Petey’s.

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