For the first time since he was fired on Monday, former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian took to Twitter to release a statement on Wednesday.
“I wish my Trojans the best against Notre Dame and for the remainder of the season,” Sarkisian tweeted Wednesday evening. “No one will be cheering them on more than me. Fight On!”
“I would like to thank everyone for their huge outpouring of support and well wishes,” he said in his first series of tweets.
Sarkisian was fired Monday, one day after he was placed on indefinite leave. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said Sunday Sarkisian failed to attend a Trojan practice and when he contacted the coach by phone, Sarkisian was not healthy. Some players told reporters Sarkisian appeared intoxicated at a team meeting earlier that day.
Haden said Tuesday he met privately with Sarkisian after a Salute to Troy pep rally in August, when the coach appeared drunk, slurring his words and using an expletive while speaking to the crowd. Haden said that during the meeting he “laid out our expectations for his behavior.”
“He has violated those agreed-upon expectations in the conduct expected of all our USC coaches,” Haden said, prompting the coach’s firing.