Steve Sarkisian Apologizes For His Behavior At Salute To Troy

Here are statements from USC coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Pat Haden about Sarkisian’s behavior at the Salute to Troy last night.

Sarkisian: “I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night.  I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down.  Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again.”
Haden: “I met with Coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the University at our Salute To Troy event.  While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”
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USC Morning Buzz: And Perhaps Buzz Is The Key Word

Social media was full of comments last night about Steve Sarkisian at the Salute to Troy. Several people told me he said, “get ready to fight the —- on,” to the crowd before he departed and there were plenty of other colorful remarks from the stage during the event. Hopefully, he didn’t jump off an apartment balcony afterward.

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Mike Garrett At Salute To Troy

Former USC athletic director Mike Garrett, who told some friends he would never set foot on campus again, was introduced at Salute to Troy for the 1965 team reunion and received a standing ovation.

UPDATED: Here’s the video of Mike Garrett speaking followed by legendary assistant coach Dave Levy.

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Why The Offensive Breakdown?

DAVIS.2Generally, defenses are ahead of offenses during training camp. But so much has been made of USC’s experience at quarterback and even wide receiver that today’s scrimmage was a mild surprise. And here’s another surprise: Why is the offensive line struggling? Every starter returned from last season. Chad Wheeler is not 100 percent but he did not play every game last year because he got hurt. Damien Mama was held out today but he was not starting at the end of last year. So these are not viable excuses.

The offensive line was supposed to be an area of strength, especially compared to a year ago. But it is not so far. Meanwhile, defensive players like cornerback Iman Marshall, linebackers Porter Gustin, Michael Hutchings and Osa Masina, defensive ends Greg Townsend and Kevon Seymour, to name just a few, had good scrimmages.

And offensively, tailback Dominic Davis caught a TD pass, ran for a TD and returned a kickoff for a TD.

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An Angry USC Scrimmage Today

Well, at least USC coach Steve Sarkisian was unhappy after today’s scrimmage, which was dominated by the defense. The biggest play was Max Browne throwing an interception that linebacker Michael Hutchings returned 99 yards before getting tackled at the 1-yard line.

“I was disappointed with the execution of our offense,” Sarkisian said. “We were very average (at quarterback) at best.”

Asked about today being the last day of training camp, Sarkisian said, “I wish we had two more weeks to get better.”

And then he ended abruptly, apparently unhappy over the offensive performance.

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