Inside News: USC in need of a great coach

It’s NO surprise that USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, was fired. One can’t blame USC for letting him go; there is no way any school can tolerate an alcoholic head coach. Many have said USC could have done a bit more to help him, but I maintain that, that is neither here nor there.

Athletic director at USC, Pat Haden, had this to say regarding their current situation, “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. 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.”

While several reporters have sided with Sarkisian, claiming that USC turned their back him when he needed them the most, I hold that the Trojans had no other choice. Critics of this decision have said that USC watched Sarkisian’s plight worsen for a year and a half without doing anything to help him and then quickly and efficiently sent him packing in a very public manner. I don’t think USC had any responsibility to help get Sarkisian off the wagon. Perhaps, his family and close friends had some responsibility to get him back into the right condition to be head coach of one of the greatest teams in the nation, but the college had no duty in this whatsoever.

Looked at from a business perspective, Sarkisian was an employee, USC was the employer. Try showing up to any job in the country drunk, see how long you keep your job after that. I just can’t expect USC to pay millions of dollars-worth of salary to a coach and on top of that, have to help him fix his drinking problem.

I know coaches are prone to drink, and even encouraged to do so, especially when they are recruiting and rallying the students. This all seems quite normal and on the up and up. Sadly, if Sarkisian knew he had a problem he should have been more careful in situations where he would be expected to drink socially.

We all hope Sarkisian can get the help he needs, to get his life back on track, given that he will have much more free time, now that he won’t be coaching. I can only guess that he will either figure it out or plunge deeper into the insanity that is an alcohol disorder. Best of luck to you coach!

As for USC, they are now offering what can only be seen as the holy grail of job opportunities. An excellent team within and excellent program, with the built-in infrastructure needed to succeed. There really is no better college coaching job on the market right now and no job opening has even compared to this one in quite a while.

We can rest assured that AD Haden will get a big name in to replace Sarkisian. With all that has been going on at USC it’s almost like Haden’s job is on the line with this next move. If he gets a solid coach on the roster, who’s able to take a great team and make them better, his job’s status will be a-ok. If on the other hand, he pulls in another bomber, I think it would be safe to say that: USC will not only be looking for a new coach, but also a new Athletic Director.

November 1, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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