Steve Sarkisian Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Challenges Pete Carroll

By Hank Shaw

Not all of fall camp is entrenched in football training on the gridiron. A good portion is about team building and the fostering of chemistry. This weekend, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian fulfilled some of that himself, taking a bucket of ice from his players for a good cause.

USC athletic director Pat Haden challenged Sarkisian to complete the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, in order to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

What’s the challenge, you ask? Here’s a brief snippet from the ALS Association.

"The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice."

Sarkisian completed the challenge like a champ and promptly passed on the icy endeavor to someone rather familiar.

That would be Pete Carroll, Sarkisian’s former boss at USC, and the current head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

We’ll have to see if Carroll can take the cold as well as Sarkisian.

Here’s the video, which was released by USC Athletics on YouTube: