The reclamation project of Steve Sarkisian has begun, along with an admission Tuesday that he got drunk at a USC booster function–while taking anti-anxiety medication.
Never a good combination in any way, shape or form, together the pair are apparently lethal in public. Not having any filter with which to corral his wild thoughts and feelings, the former BYU star and current head football coach at USC let loose on the dais with–drumroll please–an F-bomb to open the proceedings, followed by his telling the 2,500-plus people assembled that teams like Oregon and Notre Dame suck.
Ba-dum-what?!? It was glorious, it was blunt like a Donald Trump speech and well, it was, um, embarrassing. Prestige Worldwide has nothing on Sark, baby–to the point where USC athletic director Pat Haden literally pulled Sarkisian off the stage during his speech, as if he was the hook pulling some crappy act off-stage at the Apollo.
Of course Haden’s boat wasn’t totaled during Sark’s insane speech–but you can bet the Rhodes Scholar’s patience and dignity were. Let’s not forget; Haden literally fired malcontent ex-USC coach Lane Kiffin at the LA International Airport–in the middle of a runway. Who’s to say Haden isn’t thinking about firing Sarkisian at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in nearby Compton? Word on the street is boosters aren’t happy about this.
Let’s be real, man. Sark hasn’t had an easy year. A former USC player called him “racist” and his ex Stephanie filed for divorce after being married for 18 years to the guy, citing the motherlode of all reasons: irreconcilable differences.
So now Sark baby is on the move with apology after apology, mending fences with just about everyone he’s offended–including his kids who probably watched the whole thing on Youtube and cringed. “The way I acted was irresponsible. There are things we’re going to work on for me, moving forward,” said Sarkisian, who added he will also seek treatment. “The moral of the story is if you mix meds with alcohol, you say things or do things you regret.”
Haden already gave his thoughts about the matter in a previous statement. But the USC players, in particular quarterback Cody Kessler, seemed impressed by the straightforward nature through which Sarkisian addressed the problem at hand to the team.
“He came to us as a man, apologized, looked us in the face, told us some things — and that’s hard to do,” said Kessler. “At the end of the day, he earned more respect from us as a team, and I think it brought us closer together.”