When word began to get out that Lane Kiffin was looking for a head coaching job again it really became a no-brainer who would replace him. Former Southern Cal coach Steve Sarkisian was brought on as an analyst in September and manu believed he would take over the offense once Kiffin left. Yesterday Alabama put out a press release confirming that Sarkisian would take over as the new OC and quarterbacks coach.
According to Nick Saban,
“He has a great track record and has done a really, really good job wherever he’s been, whether it was as the coordinator at Southern Cal or as the quarterbacks coach.He has a history of developing quarterbacks as well as being a very good play-caller and a well-organized, good designer of offense. He’s been here with us all fall and done a really good job, so that makes the transition a lot easier. I wouldn’t have anybody in this organization that I didn’t have total faith, trust and confidence in that they would do a good job with our players.”
Sarkisian was fired from USC during the 2015 season after he had problems with alcohol that became a distraction to the program. Saban brought him on staff paying him only $35,000 to see if he had his stuff together and it looks to be a good fit for both parties. Alabama has been dominant all year and the Crimson Tide offense has been clicking behind freshman QB Jalen Hurts.
As a head coach with stints at Washington and USC Sarkisian’s record is 46-35. He was 12-6 at Southern Cal before being fired.
Kiffin accepted the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic last week. Despite the job he will remain with the Crimson Tide through the College Football Playoffs and will remain with the team against Washington and either Clemson or Ohio State if they make it past the Huskies. Sarkisian will take over for Kiffin after the bowl season.