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USC coach Steve Sarkisian to take leave of absence

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USC football coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence according to Trojan Athletic Director Pat Haden.

According to reports, Sarkisian will leave to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that several players believed the head coach was drunk during team meetings on Sunday as well as during USC's game against Arizona State on September 26.

This comes after another incident earlier in the year where Sarkisian appeared drunk and made inappropriate comments during a USC pep rally. The coach said that incident occurred after he accidentally drank while taking medication.

Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will serve as the team's interim coach.

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