Sarkisian apologizes for behavior
LOS ANGELES (TheSpread) – Just before the start of the season, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is apologizing for some embarrassing behavior.
Sarkisian and USC hosted a Salute to Troy event on Saturday, but the Trojans’ head coach was reported to be intoxicated while using foul language and addressing other programs in a negative light. The coach was then approached by USC AD Pat Haden about his behavior.
“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,” Sarkisian said in a statement released via the school's sports blog Sunday morning. “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.”
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, USC is currently listed with +1600 odds to win the College Football Playoffs this season. Ohio State is a +260 favorite while Alabama and TCU each have +650 odds. The Trojans open the season as a 29-point favorite at home against Arkansas State on Sept. 5 at 11PM ET. The over/under total for the game has been listed at 67 points.
Sarkisian is entering his second year as head coach of USC after going 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12 in his debut season of 2014. Sarkisian joined USC after five years as coach of Washington where he went 34-29. There is some pressure this year as USC is expected to contend against for a Pac-12 championship.