Since the glory days of Pete Carroll, the University of Southern California has been troubled by difficulties. There have been NCAA violations, coaching instability, and lots of middling to bad results on the field. The mighty Trojan is looking a little deflated these days, but it’s still one of the top jobs in the nation, and it’s up for grabs. USC Coach Steve Sarkisian has been fired by the University of Southern California; Sarkisian responded to the firing by immediately checking into rehab.
“After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately,” said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden in the statement. “I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation. Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being.”
You know who might be looking for a job by the end of the season if he keeps losing in Seattle? Pete Carroll, the very coach that fled the Trojans to the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks, taking them to a Super Bowl win in 2014 and a Super Bowl loss in 2015. I doubt Seattle is looking to move in a different direction due to one tough season, but… at the same time, USC was a really good job for Carroll, and he’s one of three coaches to win both an NCAA National Championship and a Super Bowl (alongside Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer).
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