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USC backup quits, Steve Sarkisian refutes racism accusation

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press

Published: Thu, Aug. 28 3:18 p.m. MDT

 New Southern California football head coach Steve Sarkisian speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC hired Sarkisian away from Washington on Monday, bringing back the former Trojans offensive coordinator to his native Los Angeles area and the storied program where he thrived as Pete Carroll's assistant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

New Southern California football head coach Steve Sarkisian speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC hired Sarkisian away from Washington on Monday, bringing back the former Trojans offensive coordinator to his native Los Angeles area and the storied program where he thrived as Pete Carroll's assistant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Jae C. Hong, AP)

LOS ANGELES — Running back Anthony Brown has quit Southern California's football team, and coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned by Brown's apparent accusations of racism against him on social media.

"Couldn't play for a racist man!" was posted Thursday on what USC said was Brown's Instagram account, which was later deleted.

Sarkisian calls the apparent accusation "ridiculous." Several players immediately jumped on social media to defend the first-year USC coach.

Brown is a senior who has started six games at cornerback for the Trojans. He played in only two games last year due to ankle injuries.

Brown moved to running back this season. He is listed fifth on USC's depth chart at tailback.

Brown's acrimonious departure is another blow to a program already reeling from the bizarre saga of cornerback Josh Shaw.

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1. Idahotransplant
West Jordan, UT,
Aug. 28, 2014

There is an honor code every single player and student is introduced to that everyone at BYU must follow. In society when you break a law regardless of race, religious affiliation, status, gender, etc., you break the law and suffer the consequences of your own choces that you make.

Its called ownership of ones actions, integrity, etc.

2. Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 29, 2014

I have a hard believing Sarkisian is a racist. To be a Head Coach at 2 major college programs and be biased as alleged seem contradictory.

3. LVIS
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 29, 2014

He wasn't as good as he though the was, was losing playing time, so what to do? Oh, yeah--let's blame it on someone. But who? I got it--I'll just say the coach was racist. Clearly, it's not about MY abilities. And, this will generate some sympathy for me. Perfect!