It’s Out of the Question: Mixing messages a tougher thing to wash down for USC, Sark

Illustration by Jim Thompson/www.facebook.com/sportsbronze

Illustration by Jim Thompson/www.facebook.com/sportsbronze

Is Steve Sarkisian the “Next Pete Carroll or the Next Lane Kiffin”?
That was the headline on a BleacherReport.com piece — way, way, way back on Aug. 17.
Before all the fog started rolling in.
The current USC football coach, who could either commandeer this ship on a course that Carroll once navigated at its highest tide or end up looking like Gilligan Kiffin on a three-hour tour, apparently has reached a critical juncture in just his second year at the helm.
It’s somewhat a tipping point that has nothing to do with using Cutty Sark to wash down some physician-prescribed performance enhancing drug.
Sarkisian has said “the moral to the story” concerning a recent public appearance where he did not come off too well is “when you mix meds with alcohol, sometimes you say or do things you regret.”
When you mix messages with your under-aged players – do as I say, not as I do – we remember a line from Hemingway: “About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
Only Sarkisian really knows how bad things are internally. Externally, in public view, this an imperfect storm converging.

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