Steve Sarkisian: OC change didn’t have impact on Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide fell just short of defending their national title on Monday night, thanks to a last-second touchdown catch from Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow.

Of course, there were some who immediately looked to the offensive coordinator switch from Lane Kiffin to Steve Sarkisian just before the College Football Playoff National Championship game as a potential reason for the result, but Sarkisian isn’t buying into that.

Following the game, Sarkisian spoke to the media about the loss and said the offensive coordinator change did not have that much of an impact on the team.

“I really don’t think the transition had that much of an impact,” said Sarkisian.

“I thought the players responded really well, and I thought the staff responded really well. We practiced well. The preparation was good. Our guys played really hard. We just missed some really good opportunities that we thought we had. We just missed them, and Clemson’s guys made some really good plays.”

Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, Deshaun Watson and the Clemson offense were too clutch on the final drive of the game and they were ultimately able to pull out the win.

The injury to star running back Bo Scarbrough certainly didn’t help Alabama’s case, either.

The good news for Alabama is that the team will still return a lot of talent next season and should once again be contenders for the national championship. This time, Sarkisian will also have more time to prepare.

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Josh SanchezCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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