USC Football Poll: Should Steve Sarkisian Be Suspended?


If you have turned on the TV or read anything in the media today about Steve Sarkisian’s actions at Salute to Troy over the weekend, you have no doubt heard calls for the USC football head coach to be suspended.

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Steven A. Smith said that a couple games suspended is the punishment Sarkisian deserved during First Take on ESPN Monday.

Steve Bisheff of called for Haden to do more than just dress down the head coach, saying that a player or assistant in the same position would have been suspended or fired on the spot.

Over at the Daily News, Mark Whicker doubled down on both of those opinions: “Sarkisian, at the very least, has to be suspended for the rest of the 2015 season.”

Nov 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans athletic director Pat Haden attends the basketball game against the Cal State Fullerton Titans at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Others have proclaimed their outrage over the incident. Some have expressed concern for Sarkisian’s state of mind.

Needless to say, opposition fans and media have enjoyed the opportunity to take swipes at USC in general.

But the big question remains — What will come of this?

The Student Section’s Matt Zemek argued the point that this incident just puts Sarkisian on a much shorter leash in 2015.

Will that short leash be accompanied by a fine?

Or will Haden take the opportunity to put his foot down at a convenient time and suspend Sarkisian for the first two games of the season against Arkansas State and Idaho?

Though there is precedent for that in other sports — USC suspended basketball head coach Kevin O’Neill for getting into a verbal altercation while inebriated — the issue has rarely been broached on the football side of things.

We want to know what you think, Trojan fans.

Should Steve Sarkisian be suspended?

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