Today was not a good day for Steve Sarkisian in the city of angels. Neither was yesterday apparently, but that is what happens when you are drunk. Smelling like a Cutty Sark manufacturing facility is never a good look for anyone, in particular someone coaching football at a high profile university.
The former BYU star quarterback and current USC head ball coach reportedly had a few too many to drink during a rah rah event on the SC campus, leading to many memorable, colorful moments at the dais. Was this a roast? Yeah, at the expense of other Pac-12 Conference schools. In other words, it was not your typical BYU behavior–unless your name is Jim McMahon.
But Sark the Shark may be closing in on Jimmy Mac, baby. The old No. 12 in cougar Blue already bashed Pac-12 member Oregon and others for wearing fancy unis at Media Day before, you know. He had to find a way to one-up himself. Lest you forget what he said, here goes.
“We fall back on our rich tradition…We’re not going to take the field in 13 different uniforms,” said Sarkisian not too long ago. But on Saturday night Sark Dawg decided to go all in Saturday night in LA, dropping F-bombs at a foofy school function like he was never at BYU in the first place.
Sark’s message came in several unfortunate parts. First, there was the opening moment in which he said, “GET READY TO F—ING FIGHT ON BABY!”–followed by saying Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame all suck. Ba-dum-dump, went Sark as USC athletic director Pat Haden pulled him off the stage like the former BYU coach was a bad act at the Apollo.
In reality, for Sarkisian to say those words in public pleased Haden very little. In fact, the former Rhodes Scholar and NFL star known for his gentlemanly demeanor on and off the football field had plenty to say to Sark after the coach barfed his words into the air and let them lay stale in the laps of those attending, Haden included.
“I met with coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the university at our Salute to Troy event,” Haden said in a statement. “While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”
It probably wasn’t the best time for Sarkisian to open his mouth and speak, anyhow. He just came off a 9-4 season–hardly good enough for USC’s lofty standards, or even at the level at which Ed Orgeron led the Trojans before not getting the job. Now if Sark came off a 13-0 season, well, then he could probably say and do whatever he wanted–even at SC. But he didn’t. Cue the head bowing in shame for his actions.
“I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night. I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down,” said Sarkisian after he sobered up. “Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again.”