The Alabama football program has replaced offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin with another former USC head coach, who had replaced him in Southern California.
On Friday night, the Crimson Tide announced they have appointed Steve Sarkisian as the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Sarkisian had spent last season as an analyst on the Alabama coaching staff.
“We are pleased to be able to hire an offensive coordinator with the pedigree and experience of Steve Sarkisian,” head coach Nick Saban said in a statement.
“He has a tremendous offensive mind and is someone we believe will do a great job of teaching and developing our football team on the offensive side of the ball. He has been a great asset to our coaching staff this season and brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to his job. Steve will be a phenomenal addition to our coaching staff and someone who can seamlessly transition into the job with a full understanding of how our organization works.”
Sarkisian, who was a head coach at USC and Washington, expressed his gratitude for another opportunity after being fired from USC following issues with alcohol abuse.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join Coach Saban’s staff, and I can’t thank The University of Alabama enough,” Sarkisian said.
“I have always admired the Alabama program from afar and getting to be part of this football team these past few months has only reinforced my belief that this is the best college football organization in the country. There are many outstanding coaches and athletes at The University of Alabama, and I am extremely excited to start working with them in my new role. This is a very special place to have the opportunity to coach when you consider the program’s rich tradition and the unrivaled passion of the fan base.”
This is good news for the continuing development of quarterback Jalen Hurd, who had an impressive true freshman season, keeping Alabama in the No. 1 spot in the polls all season long.
Alabama is set to take on No. 4 Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
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