Sarkisian loses reported $30M lawsuit against USC

Nearly three years after losing his job at the University of Southern California, former coach Steve Sarkisian has lost his lawsuit against the school.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of the university in the wrongful-termination suit, with the Los Angeles Times reporting Monday that the decision was rendered last week. Sarkisian was reportedly seeking $30 million from USC, claiming that his then-employer did not allow him to seek treatment for alcoholism though California law recognizes it as a disability.

"I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on," Sarkisian, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, said Monday in a statement. "Much gratitude to everyone who has shown their support and stood by me. The last two years have been trying, but I am in now a great place, healthy, happy and loving my job with the Falcons and have the support of my family and friends and that's where my focus is and will remain."

Sarkisian was fired by then-USC athletic director Pat Haden in October 2015 after numerous incidents in which the Trojans head coach was believed to be drunk in front players and/or the public. In one incident, Sarkisian was caught on video using a profanity and slurring his speech at a pep rally.

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7 Dec 1996: Quarterback Steve Sarkisian of the Brigham Young Cougars looks on during a game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. BYU won the game, 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw/Allsport
USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian (left) talks with tailback Desmond Reed (22) during spring football practice at Howard Jones Field on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, April 7, 2005. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)
USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian walks players through an offensive formation at spring football practice at Howard Jones Field in Los Angeles, Caif. on Thursday, March 23, 2006. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Mark Sanchez #6 of the USC Trojans talks with assistant coach Steve Sarkisian while taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies leaves the field with son Brady after losing to the LSU Tigers 31-23 on September 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 5: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies looks on from the sideline to a player on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers on September 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The LSU Tigers defeated the Washington Huskies 31-23. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05: Head coach Steve Sarkisian and quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies leave the field after defeating the California Bears 42-10 on December 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian (R) and wife Stephanie Sarkisian attend FOX Sports/PAC-10 Conference Hollywood premiere night at 20th Century FOX Studios on July 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Steve Sarkisian speaks at a press conference introducing him as the new USC head football coach at the John McKay Center at the University of Southern California on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 -- LOS ANGELES, CA. -- Head coach Steve Sarkisian answers questions after the game. The USC Trojans played their spring game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 19, 2014, an event that drew a few thousand fans to the stadium to cheer them on. This is their first year under coach Steve Sarkisian. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: USC head coach Steve Sarkisian jumps in celebration with Athletic Director Pat Haden after they beat the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
13 November 2014: USC head coach Steve Sarkisian congratulates USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) after throwing for a touchdown during an NCAA football game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - NOV. 29, 2014. USC coach Steve Sarkisian shares a light moment with qusrterbacks Max Browne and Cody Kessler in the closing moments of a 49-14 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kessler passed for six touchdowns against the Fighting Irish. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25, 2015: USC football coach Steve Sarkisian addresses the media Tuesday morning, August 25, 2015, about his behavior and language during a booster event on campus Saturday night. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angels Times via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 07: Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian talks to members of the media during Media Day for the CFP National Championship on January 07, 2017, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) talks to Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian before the 2017 College Football National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide on January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban (L) and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian of the Alabama Crimson Tide stand on the sideline during the second half of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 20: Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian of the Atlanta Falcons talks to quarterback Matt Simms #4 during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 20, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian converses with Matt Simms #4 and Matt Ryan #2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There were also reports he was drunk at a team meeting and suspicions he was drunk on the sideline during a game against Arizona State, according to a report by ESPN in 2015.

Two months after his firing, Sarkisian sued USC. Three months later, he agreed to arbitration.

According to the L.A. Times, Sarkisian was seeking the $12.6 million remaining on his contract at the time of his termination, as well as "unspecified damages."

"We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well," USC athletic director Lynn Swann said in a statement.

--Field Level Media

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