With fall camp in the rear view mirror, Tuesday morning's USC football practice was supposed to be about getting ready for Arkansas State. But 10 television trucks and over 50 media members were on Howard Jones Field bright and early to hear from head coach Steve Sarkisian.
After issuing a statement of apology on Sunday morning, Tuesday was the first time Sarkisian met the media to speak in person and answer questions. He was very contrite and humble during his statement and while he answered some tough questions from the media.
This USC football team is no stranger to off the field distractions, which could work in the team's favor going forward.
USC captains Cody Kessler and Su'a Cravens also spoke and came out in support of their head coach. The players also had a hand in Sarkisian's punishment, making him do "hard lessons" on Monday, something the players are forced to do when they miss a meeting or some other important function. The "hard lessons" punishments are a series of exercises like up-downs and while the player, or in this case coach, is going through them and they are being harassed by their peers through trash talk or having water poured on them.
USCFootball.com publisher Ryan Abraham and beat writer and columnist Dan Weber discuss what was said Tuesday morning and what it means for this football team going forward.
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Ryan Abraham has been the publisher of USCFootball.com since 1996. You can follow him on Twitter at @InsideTroy or email him at email@example.com.
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