Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has expressed interest to NFL teams in becoming a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sarkisian was fired on Oct. 12 after the Trojans went 3–2 to start the season. Before he was fired, the school announced that Sarkisian would take an indefinite leave of absence in order to seek treatment.
Some assistant coaches believe Sarkisian was not sober during the Trojans’ game against Arizona State on Sept. 26, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The Daily News also reported players said Sarkisian was not sober at a team meeting on Oct. 11 and never went to practice. The Los Angeles Times also reported that Sarkisian’s problems with alcohol date back to his time as the head coach at Washington. The Times spoke to several former Huskies players, some of whom said they could smell alcohol on Sarkisian’s breath during team meetings.
Sarkisian was hired as USC’s head coach in 2014, and complied a 12–6 overall record with the Trojans. The 41-year-old was the offensive coordinator at USC from 2007-08, before taking a head coaching job at Washington. In five seasons with the Huskies, Sarkisian led Washington to a 34–29 record.
In early December, Sarkisian announced that he was suing the school over his firing, alleging that the school discriminated against his alcoholism when it did not allow him “time off to get help for his disability.”
Clay Helton, who took over on an interim basis for Sarkisian after his firing, was named permanent head coach of the Trojans on Nov. 30.
USC finished the season 8–6 after falling to Wisconsin 23–21 in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.