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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (44) / 3/8/1974

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SB Nation reports that the relationship between Alabama HC Nick Saban and former OC Steve Sarkisian "deteriorated" after the National Championship game.
Apparently the disagreements were due to "system philosophy." Per the report, "both parties planned to move on following Signing Day" last Wednesday and "Saban was aware of Sarkisian’s contact with the Falcons." One of SB Nation's sources said Sarkisian and Saban's relationship was "too similar" to the relationship between Saban and former OC Kiffin. "There was an effort on Saban’s part not to repeat the same problem. This wasn’t going to work out," another source said. Tue, Feb 7, 2017 03:33:00 PM
Source: SB Nation

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Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian will be the Falcons' next offensive coordinator, according to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post.

This comes out of nowhere. Sarkisian took over as Alabama's offensive coordinator prior to the National Title game after serving on staff for much of the season. he will now take over for the departed Kyle Shanahan, who worked wonders with the Falcons playmakers this season. It has been a while since Sark left a full imprint on an offense, so it is difficult to know how he will stack up to Shanahan. Sarkisian's connection to Dan Quinn is clearly through Pete Carroll. Many believed Chip Kelly could be on track for the Falcons' gig, but now he could land with Alabama.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian indicated that he does not believe the transition from former OC Lane Kiffin negatively impacted Alabama in Monday's National Championship Game.

"I thought the players responded really well, and I thought the staff responded really well," Sarkisian said. "We practiced well. The preparation was good. Our guys played really hard. We just missed some really good opportunities that we thought we had." Alabama's offense looked dead on arrival at times on Monday, going three-and-out seven times. This offensive stagnation -- Sark's fault or not -- allowed Clemson to hang in after the Tide jumped to a 14-0 advantage in the first half. We actually side with Sarkisian for the most part, here, as play-calling seemed a secondary issue to the simple fact that freshman QB Jalen Hurts was playing like a still-very-raw passer against a stout Clemson defense. Hurts completed just 13-of-31 passes for 131 yards in the title defeat.
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 02:28:00 PM

Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian said that his time off from coaching allowed him a new perspective.

"More than anything, it really gave me a point of reference that I love coaching football. I love being around these players, these coaches," Sarkisian said. "I love the preparations; I love the schematics, the emotions of the game. To have this opportunity again, I'm very grateful now." Sark was understandably a little less talkative when asked about his past issues with alcohol, calling his recovery since his flameout at USC "a process." Of tangible note for the National Championship Game, Sarkisian indicated that he would be on the Alabama sideline to call plays, rather than up in the press box. "I think it's important for me to have the one-on-one contact with [QB] Jalen [Hurts] on the field and seeing his demeanor and really talking through things," Sark explained.
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 01:02:00 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Calvin Ridley offered high praise for new OC Steve Sarkisian.

"I mean, I like Sarkisian a lot. Pretty much doing the same thing as we did with Coach Kiffin. But everything is a lot more faster and smoother," Ridley said. "[Sarkisian] coaches us real good. Can't wait to go on the field Monday and see what we'll do." Kiffin had initially been expected to stay on staff with Bama through their Playoff run before heading over to FAU on a full-time basis, but after coaching with the Tide against Washington in the semifinal round, Alabama HC Nick Saban opted to part ways with Kiffin early. The timing of the decision is a strange one given the late stage of the game, here, but there were clearly tensions behind the scenes with Kiffin.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 04:22:00 PM

Alabama assistant Steve Sarkisian will begin his role as offensive coordinator in the National Championship Game.

Lane Kiffin -- set to head off to Florida Atlantic -- served as offensive coordinator in the Peach Bowl against Washington. It was a wobbly performance on Kiffin's part and HC Nick Saban was notably fuming about some of his play calls during the contest. More so than normal, anyway. It had previously been expected that Kiffin would coach through the Playoff before taking over his head-coaching duties at FAU.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 12:39:00 PM

Alabama promoted offensive assistant Steve Sarkisian to offensive coordinator.

Sarkisian was brought on to augment Alabama's staff as an assistant in September. While it had been reported that there was little chance Sark would ascend to offensive coordinator if Lane Kiffin left town, that is exactly what has occurred. Kiffin hopped over to take on the head-coaching gig at Florida Atlantic and Sarkisian will now slide into his former role. In a statement, Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban said, "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." For his part, Sark said that he views Alabama as "the best college football organization in the country."
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 06:19:00 PM

If Lane Kiffin moves on to Houston, there is a "slim to no chance" former USC and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is Alabama's next offensive coordinator, according to Mattie-Lou Chandler.

Chandler seems more confident that Sark could be involved in the LSU offensive coordinator search. Sarkisian was hired as an offensive assistant under Nick Saban in September, and Kiffin previously said he would "definitely" hire the fired USC coach if he were ever in a position to do so.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:24:00 PM

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.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 12:52:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:22:00 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.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 12:24:00 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.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 12:32:00 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.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 09:29:00 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