USC prevails over Steve Sarkisian in wrongful termination lawsuit

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

"The last two years have been trying, but I am in now a great place, healthy, happy and loving my job with the Falcons and have the support of my family and friends and that's where my focus is and will remain."USC had every right to fire Steve Sarkisian after a drunken meltdown in 2015.so says an arbitrator who ruled the University owes ZERO dollars to the ex-football coach who had sued for $30 MILLION".

Sarkisian was sacked by the Trojans in October 2015 in relation to a potential alcohol problem the coach was battling.

Because Sarkisian initially denied his alcoholism to the school, the arbitrator ruled that he "must bear sole responsibility for having actively concealed from USC his claimed disabilities".

Steve has issued a statement to TMZ Sports. saying, "I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on".

'We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well, ' said a statement from USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann.

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Since then, Sarkisian has publicly spoken about his struggles with alcoholism and served as an assistant on the University of Alabama's staff before accepting the role with the Falcons.

In less than two full seasons as the Trojans' head coach, Sarkisian, who was previously an offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll, led the team to a 12-6 record.

He was sacked five games into the 2015 season after first announcing he would take a leave of absence. The arbitrator reportedly denied all of Sarkisian's claims and said that California disability laws do "not insulate the failure to control a controllable disability nor afford an employee a second chance to control a disability in the future". Almost three years later, Sarkisian has officially lost the case.

Sarkisian first got into trouble at USC after he went on a "booze-filled rant" at a Salute To Troy event in August 2015.

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