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Steve Sarkisian leaving Alabama to join Atlanta Falcons

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Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is already poised to leave his position with the team, after replacing Lane Kiffin for the national championship.

According to multiple reports, Sarkisian is set to leave the position he received last month in order to join the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff to replace Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator. Shanahan left his post immediately following Super Bowl LI to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the news.

The replace comes as a bit of a surprise, given Sarkisian’s recent promotion at Alabama.

Sarkisian has previous experience in the NFL, coaching the Oakland Raiders quarterback during the 2014 season. He also served as head coach at Washington and USC, before becoming an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide prior to his promotion on Jan. 2.

Sarkisian was fired as the USC head coach due to issues with alcohol abuse, so the Falcons must feel confident that his troubles are behind him.

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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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