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Report documents Sarkisian's alleged alcohol use as UW coach

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USC's Steve Sarkisian was placed Sunday on an indefinite leave of absence.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian's alleged drinking habit didn't end with an embarrassing speech he gave while impaired at a booster function in August, and reportedly, it didn't begin there, either.

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A day after Sarkisian was placed on an indefinite leave of absence, the Los Angeles Times revealed documentation of the coach's alleged alcohol use as coach at Washington, as well.

Between bar receipts and hotel folios under Sarkisian's name documenting large quantities of alcohol purchases, and accounts of former Washington players attesting to Sarkisian smelling of alcohol at morning team meetings, the report is suggestive of a coach out of control. Some of the receipts in Sarkisian's name covered group outings, clouding specifics about whether Sarkisian consumed personally.

But the dollar figures are alarming.

One receipt noted 91 shots of tequila at a cost of $1,023 at a restaurant in Indian Wells, Calif., with at least 16 people in the party. Another indicated an expense of more than $1,600 at a resort hotel pool bar in 2013, and there were assorted bar bills for some of Sarkisian's one-day recruiting trips for more than $100. The report also indicated Sarkisian was a regular at multiple bars around Seattle during his five years at UW, and The Times spoke to a former player who alleged the coach drank 8 to 10 shots on a weekly basis at one bar in particular.

Sarkisian coached at UW from 2009-2013 before accepting the USC job.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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