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Steve Sarkisian fired as USC's football coach

Steve Sarkisian fired as USC's football coach

Faced with mounting reports of erratic behavior by its football coach, USC fired the troubled Steve Sarkisian on Monday afternoon.

The announcement capped a string of incidents that included Sarkisian appearing intoxicated at a football booster event in August and seeming not himself during a recent game.

The final straw came Sunday when he acted strangely at a team meeting, then left campus before practice began. Athletic Director Pat Haden immediately put him on indefinite leave before following up with Monday’s decision.

"After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to...