BY SPNW Staff 12:45PM 08/23/2015

Sark sorry for drunken behavior at USC event

Former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, now at USC, was drunk and disorderly at a kickoff function for the Trojans Saturday night. He issued an apology.

Steve Sarkisian said he won’t do it again. / USC Athletics

Former University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian, heading into his second year running the USC Trojans, has apologized for his behavior at a “Salute To Troy” event Saturday night in Los Angeles, during which he was drunk, used foul language and insulted other conference programs.

“Our whole team was embarrassed,” a USC source told ESPN, adding that athletic director Pat Haden, who hired Sarkisian for the job, was forced to intervene and was seen berating Sarkisian following the event.

The source added that Sarkisian, 41, who coached Washington from 2009 to 2013 — his first head coaching job of any kind — criticized USC opponents, saying “they all suck,” and used inappropriate and insulting language while introducing his team to alumni and donors. Sarkisian was an assistant at USC under Pete Carroll before taking the UW job.

“I met with 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 released by the school. “While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”

Sarkisian issued an apology in the same statement.

“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,” Sarkisian said. “I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again.”

USC is ranked No. 10 in the preseason coaches’ poll and was picked to win the Pac-12 championship in last month’s preseason media poll.


  • 1coolguy

    Was Sarks’ Seattle girlfriend there too? He’s a fool and will crash hard.

    • art thiel

      He’s divorcing, so he’s free to embarrass himself.

  • Buggy White

    Feeling the pressure, Sarkie?

  • Will

    Hollyweird & Vino … Sark shoulda had the Perrier with a lemon twist.

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  • Effzee

    “Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions…” LOL. The USC coach got told he behaved like a bad boy.

  • 3 Lions

    This guy has no idea how fortunate he is for the opportunities he has been given in light of his experience.

    • art thiel

      He had his first head coaching job at any level at a P-12 school.

  • jafabian

    I’ve been to UWs Raise The Woof event and Sark was the perfect Husky coach there. Surprising to read about this.

    • art thiel

      Good to hear. That’s not the same view of Sark that others have had at less public appearances.

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  • dingle

    I can’t even imagine how annoyed Pat Hayden is right now. How many phone calls do you think he’s gotten in the last 36 hours?

    If Sark weren’t Hayden’s hand-picked boy, Hayden would have fired him on Sunday and issued a press release/apology.

    He’s kinda stuck with him, though.

    Man, this is great.

  • poulsbogary

    This brings to mind an event many years ago. Gary Moeller was the new coach at Michigan. He was going to be the next Bo Schembechler. Until he had to much to drink and embarrased himslef and everyone else. If I remember right, UM Admin did not waste any time. They summarily let him go within a few days. See ya. There was no pleading, no second guessing, no debating. He was just gone. He had standards to uphold for young men, but dind’t do it. How does a young trojan football player look his coach in the eye and not laugh?

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