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First-year USC coach Steve Sarkisian is still apologizing for his abrupt departure from Washington. But now he might owe the sportswriters assembled around him an apology.

I don t know if you guys have ever had girlfriends, he said Wednesday at the Pac-12 football media days. When you break up with your girlfriend, it s never easy. It s always hard.

You do it the best way you know how and you just try to be up front and honest. You try not to disrespect one school or another school or some kids and another kid, he added. In a perfect world, I wish I would have gotten to our players sooner so that I didn t have to hear it from anybody else. But at the end of the day, I got that opportunity to get up in front of them and address them so they knew exactly where I was coming from.

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