Alabama will go into the National Championship without the offensive coordinator that has led them since the 2014 season. Lane Kiffin, who accepted the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic, has left the team early to begin attending to his new duties.
In his place, Steve Sarkisian will run the offense from the headset.
Sarkisian, who will be the full-time offensive coordinator next season, has been with the team all year and is very familiar with the offense.
When asked whether or not he felt uneasy with Sarkisian taking on the full weight of responsibility for the first time in the biggest game of the year, Saban said expressed his support.
While citing a few areas that he would like to see improvement in, Saban said that Sarkisian knows the offense “inside and out,” and has worked on the offensive game plane every week this season.
Sarkisian has plenty of experience in his own right. After quarterbacking at BYU and playing professionally in the CFL, Sarkisian was the head coach at Washington and USC.