Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin hasn’t written off former Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian. Far from it.
Sarkisian was fired by Southern California over alleged alcohol abuse in October. Kiffin and Sarkisian worked together at Southern Cal under Pete Carroll and have both been fired as head coach of the Trojans since.
“Kiffin said he invited Sark to visit bowl practices in Tuscaloosa but timing didn’t work out … Said he would hire him if he had a chance,” according to a tweet by Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel.
The two coaches’ careers have intertwined given their time at Southern Cal. Kiffin was hired over Sarkisian to replace Carroll after he left Southern California for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. Sarkisian was then hired to replace Kiffin after he was fired in 2013.
The two apparently have remained close. Kiffin said Sarkisian texted him plays to run during halftime of Alabama’s 38-0 win over Michigan State.
“Lane Kiffin said Steve Sarkisian texted him some plays to run at halftime of Michigan State game. Kiffin wouldn’t say if he used them or not,” according to a tweet by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
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