Lane Kiffin may be taking several Alabama offensive coaches with him to Florida Atlantic, but it looks like Nick Saban is managing to keep the biggest one.
According to multiple reports, Alabama has hired Steve Sarkisian to take over as offensive coordinator when Kiffin officially leaves.
Sarkisian has proved at multiple stops to be a quality mind on offense, and he should be able to seamlessly slide and replace Kiffin. Sarkisian was with Alabama for the entire 2016 season as an analyst.
In the role, Sarkisian will be looking to rehab his image in the similar way to how Kiffin did in his three seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. In 2015, Sarkisian was fired as USC’s head coach following multiple reported alcohol-related events on campus, including Sarkisian showing up to practices while intoxicated.
Sarkisian was previously a head coach at Washington before taking the USC job in 2013. He’s previously been an assistant for USC and the Oakland Raiders.