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Steve Sarkisian Taking Leave of Absence as USC's Head Coach

Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian

USC coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence. Athletic director Pat Haden announced the news on Sunday afternoon.

Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will serve as the interim coach in Sarkisian’s absence. Helton previously served as the program’s interim coach in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.

The reason for Sarkisian’s leave of absence was not revealed, but the second-year coach revealed earlier this offseason he would seek treatment after an incident at the “Salute to Troy” booster event. Additionally, Haden indicated Sarkisian was "not healthy" during Sunday's press conference.

Sarkisian’s absence is indefinite and it’s uncertain when he will return to the program.

The Trojans are 3-2 headed into Week 7 and play at Notre Dame on Saturday night.

Here are a few additional details from Haden’s press conference and around USC today: