USC football head coach Steve Sarkisian has issued an apology for inappropriate behavior at Saturday night’s Salute to Troy event that was held on campus.
According to event attendees, Sarkisian looked to be inebriated and was slurring his words while he delivered a speech to the crowd that included many USC alumni and donors.
Sarkisian’s speech included dropping an F-bomb when introducing his team. He would also go on to say that a number of teams including 2015 opponents Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame “all suck,” according to ESPN.
He, reportedly, was then pulled off stage by Athletic Director Pat Haden and Senior Associate Athletic Director J.K. McKay.
“I sincerely apologize to my players and staff and to our fans for my behavior and my inappropriate language at our kickoff event Saturday night,” Sarkisian said in a statement released on the USC RipsIt Blog. “I have a responsibility to all of them, and I let them down.”
Sarkisian also said that he and Haden had a conversation after the event.
“I met with Coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the University at out Salute to Troy event,” Haden said in the released statement. “While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”
The Salute to Troy is a booster event that is held annually to kick off the new football season.
The Trojans will kick off their season at home against Arkansas State on Sept. 5 in a non-conference matchup.