Update: We now have video of part of Sarkisian’s speech, courtesy of ESPN. If the video below doesn’t work, you can watch it here.
Earlier: USC football coach Steve Sarkisian turned it up last night.
He shouldn’t have.
The Trojans’ coach has apologized for his behavior at his team’s preseason kickoff event Saturday night. According a report, Sarkisian dropped a couple F-bombs and was slurring his words before getting pulled off stage by athletic director Pat Haden and John McKay Jr., the son of former USC legendary coach John McKay.
Sarkisian released an official apology Sunday afternoon, along with a statement by Haden.
Here are USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and athletic director Pat Haden on Saturday night’s Salute to Troy event:
Sarkisian: “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. I have a responsibility to all of them and I let them down. Pat Haden talked to me after the event about my actions and I assured him this will not happen again.”
Haden: “I met with Coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the University at our Salute To Troy event. While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.”
Keep the turning it up to the practice field and the sideline, coach.
USC opens its season Sept. 5 against Arkansas State.