Video: Steve Sarkisian's press conference

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian addresses the media Tuesday morning for the first time following his incident Saturday night at the Salute to Troy event.

Tuesday morning USC head coach Steve Sarkisian addressed a large group of media members where he apologized for his behavior at the Salute to Troy event on Saturday night.

A few of the highlights from Sarkisian's opening statement and question and answer period:

  • Sarkisian started off with an apology for his behavior and language at the Salute to Troy event. "The way I acted was irresponsible and something I obviously don't condone. I met with Pat [Haden] and there are things that I'm going to work on. It's a tough time."
  • Sarkisian said that he had mixed alcohol with medications. "The moral of the story is when you mix meds with alcohol, you say things that you regret." Sarkisian did not say what medication he was on and he also said that it was "not a lot" of alcohol.
  • Sarkisian said he did not think he had a drinking problem, but said he would go to treatment. It was not specifically rehab, but there would be discussions as to the best treatment going forward.
  • Sarkisian said he would not drink for the rest of the season and no alcohol would be allowed in the coaches' locker room ever again.
  • After apologizing to the team, fans, coaches, boosters and his family, Sarkisian also apologized to the media for having to deal with this situation on their day off.

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