Report: Sarkisian learned of firing via text messages from friends

Steve Sarkisian was fired swiftly by USC, a day after he was forced by the school’s athletic director to take a leave of absence amid questions about his sobriety. Now we’re learning some of the details about how the actual firing went down.

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Sarkisian was en route to an out-of-state treatment facility Monday when USC athletic director Pat Haden tried to call him to inform him of his firing. Schad reports that Sark could not answer the calls because he was on a plane, so the former Trojans coach ended up learning about his firing via friends.

Sarkisian was introduced as USC’s new head coach in December 2013 after going 34-29 during a five-year stint at Washington. He went 9-4 in his first year at USC and was 3-2 this season.

It’s unclear how much Sarkisian was being paid by USC, but we know Washington would have owed him at least $2.8 million last season, and his buyout at UW was $1.5 million.

More from Larry Brown Sports: