USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian is taking an indefinite leave of absence, according to athletic director Pat Haden.
Haden told reporters Sunday it was clear to him that Sarkisian was “not healthy.” Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will be the Trojans’ interim head coach in Sarkisian’s absence.
Haden didn’t go into specifics about Sarkisian’s forced leave of absence, but multiple reports suggest it has something to do with the head coach’s alcohol consumption.
This isn’t the first time Sarkisian has made headlines for his off-the-field behavior. He publicly apologized before the season for showing up drunk to a pep rally and making a slurred public statement.
Sarkisian said at the time of his drunken antics in August that he would seek unspecified treatment, though he also claimed that he did not have a drinking problem and that he wouldn’t drink for the duration of USC’s football season.
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