USC athletic director Pat Haden finally spoke about his handling of Steve Sarkisian tonight on the “Trojans Live” radio show on 710-AM.
“These kinds of decisions and particularly this one was given a lot of thought, a lot of careful thought,” Haden said. “Before the decision was made, I talked to and had conversations with medical professionals, trusted members of my staff, people I’ve known for a long time.
“We developed a confidential plan going forward. Steve has discussed the counseling part of it, which he’s started. I think it’s started off well, at least what he’s told me. Importantly, he’s approached it with an open mind.
“A lot of people are going to disagree with my decision. It happens all the time. But I believe the course of action we chose is in the best interest of USC and Steve Sarkisian. And maybe just as importantly, or more importantly, to our players and their best interest.”
Former USC defensive end Morgan Breslin filed a lawsuit against the university because he claims the school advised him to buy an inadequate disability insurance policy. Breslin was injured his senior season and quickly cut by the San Francisco 49ers.
Breslin filed a claim with the AmTrust insurance company in May 2014, but AmTrust denied it seven months later and filed a lawsuit in New Jersey asking that the policy be declared void, according to Breslin’s lawsuit.
“USC controls all communications between insurers offering athletic
insurance policies and the student athlete who will buy the policy,” the suit said.
It might be worth attending a hearing if Breslin testifies since he refused to ever speak to the media his two years at USC.
Although Steve Sarkisian said he started thinking last spring about handing playcalling duties to Clay Helton, many people are suspicious because of the timing and believe it was done in response to last week’s Salute to Troy incident. What I find odd is there was never much talk about it beforehand because usually things like this come up well before the week of the season opener.
With USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton calling plays, it’s a win-win situation for him and Steve Sarkisian. If the offense does great (and what offense doesn’t do great in the Pac-12?), Sarkisian can say, “those are still my plays.” And if for some unlikely reason, the offense struggles, Helton can say, “those aren’t my plays.”
But no matter what happens, Helton will never reach the high point of the picture above after USC defeated Stanford in 2013.