Sarkisian apologizes for profanity-filled speech at USC event

Detroit News staff and wires
Steve Sarkisian

Los Angeles — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian has apologized for his behavior at a team event on Saturday night.

Sarkisian issued a written apology Sunday, saying he used "inappropriate language" at the Salute to Troy, a reception held before each season for the football team, alumni and athletic program donors.

"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," he said. "I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. (Athletic director) Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again."

Several people who attended the Salute to Troy took to Twitter afterward to say that the second-year Trojans coach appeared to be drunk while using profane language in praising his team.

"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," Hayden said. "While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear."

Sarkisian went 9-4 last season in his debut with the Trojans. The former University of Washington head coach was also a Trojans assistant under Pete Carroll.