USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since apparently being drunk at a donor event on Saturday night.
One detail stood out.
Kessler says Sark asked the team to give him punishment like he would them -- which was up-downs. "He came back drenched in sweat."— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 25, 2015
Here's what an up-down is:
Sarkisian had released a statement on Sunday apologizing for his behavior, but clarified his version of what happened that night.
Sark: "I took medication, mixed it with alcohol -- not a lot, fortunately -- and I responded in a way that was not acceptable.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) August 25, 2015
Steve Sarkisian: "The moral of story is this: when you mix meds w/alcohol, somethings you say things or do things you regret"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 25, 2015
Sarkisian will be entering treatment, although it doesn't sound like that's entirely his idea.
Sark says he does not have a drinking problem but is going to treatment. "I don't know if I even need rehab but it's sort of the process."— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 25, 2015
Pacific Takes reported Sarkisian dropped an f-bomb, and tweets suggest he said Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame "all suck."
USC's team alcohol policy will also change after the incident.
Steve Sarkisian: "There was never alcohol in players locker room, there was alcohol in coaches locker room." No more alcohol in building— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 25, 2015
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