USC claims victory in wrongful termination lawsuit
In October 2015, Steve Sarkisian was let go as the head coach of the USC Trojans. The termination was due to allegations of intoxication based on several incidents where Sarkisian was seen in public or coaching the team drunk. After his dismissal, the former coach sued the university for $30 million, but has now been denied any compensation, ending the legal battle.
An arbitrator ruled in the case, shooting down Sarkisian's claim that the school had not provided him with the opportunity to seek treatment for alcoholism, recognized as a disability under the law. Lynn Swan, the athletic director for USC, was happy with the decision, stating afterward, "We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well."
For his part, Sarkisian has decided to accept the decision and not continue the fight. He said in a statement, "I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on. Much gratitude to everyone who has shown their support and stood by me. The last two years have been trying, but I am now in a great place, healthy, happy and loving my job with the Falcons and have the support of my family and friends, and that's where my focus is and will remain."
It's unclear if Sarkisian ever sought treatment, but he did find a new home. He moved to Georgia to become the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.