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USC running back Anthony Brown quits, calls Steve Sarkisian a racist

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USC senior running back Anthony Brown quit the team and accused head coach Steve Sarkisian of being a racist. 

Sarkisian announced Brown's departure Thursday, according to Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times. In response to Brown's allegations of racism and his decision to leave the team, Sarkisian said he was "shocked."

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Brown posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday with the caption "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office...Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton."

Brown later deleted the post. 

During 2014 fall camp, Brown switched from cornerback to tailback. He made six starts with the Trojans and had 43 career tackles. Sarkisian is entering his first season as Trojans head coach.

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Brown's accusations come on the heels of USC cornerback Josh Shaw admitting that he made up a story about injuring his ankles saving his nephew from drowning. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely. 

The Trojans open the season Saturday against Fresno State.

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On Friday's SI Now, SI Senior Writer Phil Taylor and Staff Writer Brian Hamilton discuss USC's strange week including Josh Shaw lying about how he hurt his ankles and Anthony Brown quitting the team.

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