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Arbitration decides in favor of USC in a lawsuit filed by Steve Sarkisian for unlawful termination



A referee ruled on Monday that the USC owes nothing to former coach Steve Sarkisian in his $ 30 million trial for unlawful dismissal, according to a TMZ report.

The school dismissed Sarkisian in the middle of the 2015 season – his second as a coach – due to personal misconduct that came to light after a bizarre chitchat at a Salute to Troy event. Sarkisian accused the incident for a mixture of medicine and alcohol and was dismissed two months later for lack of practice and intoxicated .

Sarkisian claimed in the lawsuit that USC did not help him with his alcoholism, and that he was killed because of disability. The referee ruled that he was fired for breach of contract, not disability, the report said.

"I'm disappointed with the decision, but we'll respect it and keep going," Sarkisian told TMZ. "Many thanks to all who showed their support and stood by me."

Sarkisian came to USC – where he had been an assistant in the 2000s for years – as the man many believed could get the Trojans back to their victories after the end of the Lane Kiffin era. After 34-29 years in five years as a coach in Washington, Sarkisian went 9-4 and won the Holiday Bowl in his first season in Los Angeles in 2014. The Trojans were preparing for a 3-2 start in 2015

Sarkisian became an analyst for Alabama in 2016 and joined Kiffin as Crimson Tide Offensive Coordinator at the College Football Playoff Championship against Clemson in January 2017. He is entering his second season as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.


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