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USC Fires Steve Sarkisian

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For the second time in a row, the storied program fires its football coach at mid-season.

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USC Athletics Director Pat Haden chalked up another mid-season firing of a football coach today. Haden let Steve Sarkisian go after yet another embarrassing incident involving the 41-year old coach. Sarkisian was fired less than 24 hours after being placed on indefinite leave after failing to show up to a Sunday practice.

Haden called Sarkisian and said it was clear to him that the coach "was not healthy."

Ever since an incident at an alumni event in August, rumors of alcohol abuse have been swirling around Sarkisian. He insulted Trojan opponents, slurring his words and using expletives in the process. The next day, Sarkisian explained the incident was the result of his mixing alcohol with medication he did not specify.

Since then reports of his drinking exploits as coach of the Washington Huskies have also surfaced.

Washington defeated USC last Thursday 17-12.

Haden, a former star Quarterback for the Trojans, has been Athletics Director since 2010. In September of 2013 he fired then-coach Lane Kiffin on the tarmac of the Los Angeles International Airport after the Trojans came home from a 61-42 beat down at the hands of the Arizona State Wildcats.

The Trojans are 3-2 on the current football season, 0-2 in Pac 12 play. They are at Notre Dame this coming Saturday. Assistant coach Clay Helton will take over as interim coach. There are already calls For Haden's dismissal so he doesn't get a chance to pick Sarkisian's successor.