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USC Trojans ban locker room alcohol; Steve Sarkisian reportedly encouraged culture of drinking

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What?

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The fallout from Steve Sarkisian's Saturday night seven-shot bender continues, as a new policy has been laid down. The USC Trojans no longer can drink alcohol in the locker room.

That sounds like a great policy!

Um.

Why wasn't it a policy before?

Well apparently Steve Sarkisian has been a bit loose with his alcohol practices in the locker room since returning to USC. More from Scott Wolf at the Daily News:

According to sources who did not wish to be identified within the athletic dept. administration, Sarkisian drank alcohol in the USC locker room after games last season at the Coliseum and on the road.

Former USC coach Lane Kiffin also consumed alcohol after games but interim coach Ed Orgeron said he banned it from the locker room when he took over in 2013. Sarkisian brought back alcohol last season and several sources said there was a culture of drinking that existed.

This is believed to be a carryover from his days at the University of Washington, where he served as head coach from 2009-2013.

"There were always beers and stuff around," said a former Washington athletic department employee who asked not to be identified.

Is it just for this season?

And why is it JUST for football games?

Is there a wine cellar and a secret beer keg somewhere in the bowels of Heritage Hall?

So let's look at all the times alcohol is not banned in the USC locker room.

  • During practice
  • After practice
  • Before practice
  • Sundays
  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays
  • Thursdays (most of the time)
  • Fridays (most of the time)
  • Sometime after a USC win when all the cameras are shut off
  • Sometime after a USC loss when all the cameras are shut off
  • When no one is around and Steve Sarkisian is all alone in his office and is just down to live the high life.
This is an important policy and I hope USC sends out more press releases on other stuff as soon as possible.