Sarkisian loses $30M lawsuit against USC over firing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism.

An arbitrator last week ruled in favor of the USC, saying Sarkisian concealed his condition from the school.

In a statement Monday, Sarkisian said he's disappointed by the decision but will respect it and move on.

Sarkisian was fired in October 2015, two months after he appeared to be drunk during a preseason pep rally.

He sued USC for breach of contract and discrimination based on disability — his acknowledged alcohol problem. He later agreed to binding arbitration.

Sarkisian went into rehab after he was fired and is now offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

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