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Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (42) / 3/8/1974

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Alabama HC Nick Saban said, "We're glad to have [offensive assistant Steve Sarkisian] as part of the organization."
"We talked about [hiring Sarkisian to the staff], really, quite a while ago. I told him that we’d love to have him as a part of the organization," Saban said. "He’s going through some personal things to get himself in a very positive position and wants to continue to do those things in the future." Sarkisian -- who was fired by USC last autumn due to his inability to control his drinking -- has indicated that he would like to return to coaching at an undetermined point. His new job with Alabama could help facilitate that goal. Sep 6 - 12:52 PM
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FOX Sports' Clay Travis reports that Alabama will hire former USC HC Steve Sarkisian to serve as an offensive assistant.

All the way back in January, Alabama OC Lane Kiffin said that he would "definitely" hire Sarkisian if he was ever in a position to do so. Kiffin is not in a position to do so, but his desire appears to have morphed into an actual reality. The Tuscaloosa News' Aaron Suttles is reporting that Sarkisian is flying in for an interview on Sunday. If the Tide do, indeed, decide to bring the embattled Sark into their nest, you can expect an official announcement from the university early in the week.
Sep 4 - 12:22 PM

Former USC HC Steve Sarkisian indicated that he is open to a possible return to coaching in the future.

"I love coaching. I love being around the game of football and Fox gave me an opportunity to be around it [as an in-booth analyst for 2016]." Sarkisian told TMZ, "and we'll see where it goes from there." He was fired from USC in October due to his alcoholism, but Sark is feeling good on a personal level, now, even if he doesn't exactly appear to be knocking down the doors for an immediate coaching return. "Just taking some time to focus on myself and do the things necessary in all aspects of my life, and been fortunate to have that time to do that and, then, feel really good," Sarkisian said.
Aug 17 - 12:24 PM

Former USC HC Steve Sarkisian agreed to a binding arbitration settlement with the university for his wrongful termination lawsuit.

In explaining why the suit went to settlement, Alan Loewinsohn (Sarkisian's lawyer) explained to the Los Angeles Times, "[Sarkisian] filed the lawsuit because he had a right to sue in court and believes in transparency. But USC made clear that even if we won the arbitration issue, they would exercise their right to appeal which could delay the case a year or more and Mr. Sarkisian made the decision not to wait for a resolution." USC fired Sarkisian in October after his alcoholism was deemed to be effecting his job performance. He had been alleging that USC did not make a proper effort to "make reasonable accommodation" for him to treat the issue.
Mar 3 - 12:32 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin said that if he was in a position to hire Steve Sarkisian, he would "definitely" do so.

Said Kiffin, who's been unleashed upon the unsuspecting media in the lead-up to Monday's title tilt with Clemson, "People go through things, and they happen. There are all kinds of comeback stories." Kiffin added that "hopefully" Sarkisian's one of those tales of redemption. The Alabama OC also indicated that the former head coach of USC was invited to watch a Crimson Tide practice in December, just to keep his head in football. Sarkisian declined the opportunity. He's currently embroiled in a wrongful termination lawsuit with USC following his firing in early October after an erratic beginning to the 2015 campaign.
Jan 9 - 9:29 PM

Former USC HC Steve Sarkisian has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school.

While Sarkisian's lawsuit is asking for $12.5 million, his lawyer indicated to that they'll be seeking in excess of $30 million. The suit alleges that USC "kicked [Sarkisian] to the curb" without taking into account his efforts to seek help for his alcoholism. The lawsuit reads in part: "Under the circumstances of this case, California law required USC to make reasonable accommodation of giving Steve Sarkisian time off to get help for his disability and then return to his job. Instead, USC ignored both its obligations under California law and the commitments it made to Steve Sarkisian." In a released statement, USC said that they had yet to be informed of the lawsuit on any sort of official level.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Former USC and current Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said "that's not happening" when asked if he's considered a return to the Trojans.

Carroll became a logical name to speculate on after Steve Sarkisian was fired last week, having coached USC from 2000-2009. Like almost every other rumored candidate to this point, though, he's at least initially claiming no interest in the job. Fellow NFL-er Chip Kelly has also recently denied any inclination to coach the Trojans. Clay Helton's currently guiding the squad in an interim capacity.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 07:24:00 PM

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he has not been contacted by USC or another university about a coaching opening.

"I understand that it's going to happen," Kelly said at a press conference. "We're not successful and we're not winning. I came from college. We're going to go back to college," Kelly said of the perception of what his future will hold. "I hope someday to be like (Giants) coach (Tom) Coughlin and win enough games where I stay around long enough where that speculation ends. But I understand you have to ask the question. I answered it the same way a year ago. I answered it the same way my first year here. It's an unfortunate part of the game because the other part of it is there are people that have lost their jobs. A friend of mind, Steve Sarkisian, is dealing with a big issue right now and I wish him the best." The Eagles are 2-3 and look to be in trouble. Kelly is going to have to keep fielding this question, because it would make sense to escape the questionable roster he constructed to dominate college football once again.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Recently fired USC HC Steve Sarkisian tweeted that "No one will be cheering [USC] on more than me."

Sarkisian wished his former team luck prior to their Saturday game against Notre Dame. He also published tweets thanking fans for their support during a trying time. The Trojans are fresh off a lackluster 17-12 loss to Washington. Given the internal strife with the team, we would advise looking beyond USC for DFS options. They have the talent to put up points, but there's no way of knowing how they respond to the uncertainty here. Of course, the contrary play would be to roll with multiple Trojans in the hopes that competitors are shying away.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 06:02:00 PM

Former USC HC Steve Sarkisian learned he was fired via texts and emails from friends.

Per‘s Joe Schad, USC athletic director Pat Haden tried to call Sarkisian but he couldn't answer because he was on a plane headed to an out-of-state treatment facility. Haden said he repeatedly tried to get ahold of Sark and those close to him. When he failed, he sent a letter of termination. "I called him, I texted him, I called three different numbers of his agent, I called his sister," Haden said. "I finally got ahold of his brother-in-law." USC is reportedly trying to fire Sarkisian for cause, which would mean they don't owe him another cent. We'll see if it holds up. "A school source told ESPN’s Shelley Smith that Haden had instituted what was, in effect, a zero-tolerance policy concerning alcohol use with Sarkisian," ESPN reported. "When Sarkisian showed up to meetings Sunday seemingly intoxicated, that was a violation of the agreement, and it resulted in Sarkisian’s dismissal."
Source: ESPN
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 05:53:00 PM

ESPN's Erin McKinney doesn't expect much recruiting dropoff for USC in light of Steve Sarkisian's dismissal.

USC's class is ranked No. 6 in the nation right now. ESPN 300 linebacker Daelin Hayes tweeted his decommitment right after the Sarkisian news was announced. "I'm going to talk to my dad about it and will have an answer in a few days," ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyler Vaughns said. He added that "of course" USC would remain in the mix. CB Thomas Graham, an ESPN Junior 300 prospect, doesn't care who is coaching the Trojans. "It doesn't affect my recruitment," Graham said. "Still 100 percent USC." The USC brand is more valuable than the name of its coach. The program was in worse shape after Lane Kiffin's firing and still managed to reel in Adoree' Jackson, Juju Smith-Schuster and Damian Mama in the 2014 class following Sarkisian's hiring.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 09:32:00 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney reports that it's considered highly improbable that Chip Kelly will be USC's next coach.

Haney is well plugged in and his sources don't see a match. "I just don’t see it," the coach told me. "For one thing, who says he’s leaving the NFL? Why does everyone just assume that and run to that conclusion? [Also], you’re telling me Pat Haden is going to hire another coach who has had issues with the NCAA? I doubt that. That would be four USC coaches in a row with some kind of NCAA [past]; how many times can you do that?" Another Power 5 coach said: "It’s too early to know [who it’ll be] ... but it won’t be Chip Kelly." As for former Trojans Jeff Fisher and Jack Del Rio, each would have to take a pay cut to return home.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 07:00:00 PM

USA Today's Dan Walken speculated that some of the potential HC replacements for Steve Sarkisian at USC include Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly and Jeff Fisher.

Sarkisian was fired on Monday, immediately opening a vacuum for replacement speculation. Walken threw out several big name candidates, such as the Philadelphia Eagles' Chip Kelly. He also offered a few more under-the-radar possibilities. These included Memphis HC Justin Fuente and Air Force HC Troy Calhoun. At this point, it's easy to speculate that any big name college coach might be part of the Trojans' future plans, but the reality is that it's too early to really know. For now, Clay Helton is serving as interim head coach. That's just about the only thing that's certain in the present.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 09:12:00 PM

USC has fired head coach Steve Sarkisian.

"After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately," athletic director Pat Haden wrote in a statement. As soon information started to trickle out on Sunday after Sarkisian was sent home from practice, the flood gates opened. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will remain interim head coach. Sarkisian was Haden's "guy" during the 2014 offseason and was swift to fire him.
Source: USC Trojans
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Some members of the USC coaching staff believe HC Steve Sarkisian was drunk during the school's game against Arizona State, according to beat writer Scott Wolf.

Wolf spoke with one USC coach who said Sarkisian's "eyes didn't look right, he was too animated." USC won the game against the Sun Devils 42-14. More information will surely be released, both on the record and anonymously, but Sarkisian did have an incident involving alcohol during the offseason at a school event.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 07:09:00 PM