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Ray Rice's situation becomes teachable moment for Steve Sarkisian

Ray Rice's situation becomes teachable moment for Steve Sarkisian
Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the Monday release of a video that shows him punching his soon-to-be wife. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The Ray Rice situation has rocked the sports world, spurring national discussion about domestic abuse.

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said Rice's situation has become a teachable moment.

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"Unfortunately we have to learn from others' mistakes and this Ray Rice one is a classic example of something we can learn from," Sarkisian told The Times, adding that he has spoken to several players about Rice's situation.

Part of his job is to develop players off the field, Sarkisian said.

"It's one thing to coach football and win football games and all that," he said, "it's another to develop young men."

"We are not going to be perfect, our guys are going to make some mistakes. But it is all part of the process of teaching these guys how to live life."

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