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Steve Sarkisian interested in return to NFL as assistant

Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian wants to get back into the coaching ranks at any level in 2016, including as an NFL offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach.

"He has worked hard to straighten his life out and whoever gives him a second chance will be well rewarded because he's an incredibly gifted and dedicated coach," his agent, Gary Uberstine, told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

USC fired Sarkisian in October for failing to adhere to terms of a treatment program that was mandated by athletic director Pat Haden after an embarrassing incident at a preseason booster event in which Sarkisian spoke to a gathering of Trojans supporters while under the influence. According to Sarkisian, the August incident at the Salute to Troy booster event was the result of a mix of both alcohol and medication. Sarkisian was fired Oct. 12 when he reportedly came to the school's football facility in no condition to work on the Sunday following a 17-12 loss to Washington.

Sarkisian entered rehabilitation following his termination. He has since filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against USC for its handling of the matter and is seeking some $30 million. According to the lawsuit, Sarkisian has completed rehab and is ready to return to the coaching profession.

Sarkisian's coaching experience is primarily at the college level, though he was a quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2004.

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