Steve Sarkisian apologizes

The Trojan football team is dealing with another off the field distraction, this time involving head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Saturday night the Trojan football team held its annual "Salute to Troy" event which is USC's official kickoff for the new football season each fall. The event was attended by the entire Trojan football team, the USC coaching staff, the Trojan Marching Band, the Song Girls, the 1990 USC football team, the 1965 USC football team and about 2,500 USC fans and boosters.

The event is closed to the media, but according to reports head coach Steve Sarkisian allegedly appeared to be intoxicated while addressing the crowd, causing a stir on the message boards and social media on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning USC issued the following statements from Sarkisian and USC athletic director Pat Haden:

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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