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USC fires coach Steve Sarkisian

One day after announcing that Steve Sarkisian would take an indefinite leave of absence, USC athletic director Pat Haden decided on Monday to fire the head football coach, effective immediately.

Sarkisian, who coached the Washington Huskies from 2009-13, was in his second season at USC. He was placed on leave after reportedly showing up intoxicated to a team meeting Sunday morning. He was not at Sunday’s practice, and Haden announced afterward that Sarkisian would step away from the program to focus on his health.

The Los Angeles Times also published a story on Monday detailing Sarkisian’s history with alcohol, citing several receipts obtained from Sarkisian’s time at Washington. Many of the receipts, which detail Sarkisian’s expenses while on the road, include large amounts of alcohol.

Haden said in a statement: “After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately.”

Sarkisian coached the Trojans to a 12-6 record during one full season and part of 2015. His last game was a 17-12 loss to Washington, where he worked for five seasons and compiled a 34-29 record. USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton has taken over as interim head coach.