Sark After Dark: USC HC reportedly locked & ‘loaded’ at donor event

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It’s August, so that must mean it’s Sark Week on the Pac-12 Networks.

Steve Sarkisian, already dealing with a divorce this offseason, now (reportedly) has another off-field issue with which to deal following an event late Saturday night.  At the annual Salute to Troy event, a school-sponsored gala for big-money donors that features USC players, staff, coaches, their families and friends, the Trojans head coach took to the stage and, by multiple accounts, was extremely inebriated in doing so.

During this (reportedly) tipsy performance, Sarkisian, among other things, allegedly dropped f-bombs, told dildo jokes in mixed company and stated that “Arizona State, Notre Dame and Oregon suck,” although some college football fans would argue the latter was merely a statement of fact. It got so bad, SBNation.com reports, that “Sarkisian could not complete his speech and was pulled off stage by athletic director Pat Haden and former Trojan legend John McKay.”

That same website wrote that “Sarkisian was definitely drunk at the event and slurring his words during the speech. That’s been confirmed by multiple sources at the party.”  Additionally, the donors — and some fans — who were present were not pleased with how the coach acted on such a public stage.

So, (reportedly) pulled off stage by your boss and (reportedly) pissed off the money men surrounding the football program? Not a good off-field look for a coach, especially if your 2015 team can’t meet the extremely high on-field expectations being heaped upon it entering the new season.  And one who already wasn’t popular with a sizable chunk of the fan base to begin with.

As the saying goes, drink on, Trojans. Drink on.

(Writer’s note: an email sent to a USC official asking if the school would be commenting/releasing a statement on the reports was answered with a response of “Will let you know.”)

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.