Surprise, surprise. Nick Saban and his offensive coordinator at Alabama weren’t getting along.
Just like his relationship with former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, reports surfaced on Tuesday that Saban and Steve Sarkisian’s relationship “deteriorated” over “system philosophy” prior to Sarkisian’s departure for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Multiple sources have confirmed to SB Nation that after meetings with Alabama head coach Nick Saban following the Championship, the relationship between Saban and Sarkisian deteriorated amid disagreements in “system philosophy,” per one source. Both parties planned to move on following Signing Day last Wednesday, and Saban was aware of Sarkisian’s contact with the Falcons.
One source described the problems between Sarkisian and Saban as “too similar” to the relationship between Saban and former coordinator Kiffin.
“There was an effort on Saban’s part not to repeat the same problem. This wasn’t going to work out,” a source close to Sarkisian told SB Nation
That may just be the least surprising news of the day.
As for who could end up replacing Sarkisian with the Crimson Tide, keep an eye out for co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley or even former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
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