Lane Kiffin’s sudden departure has created a lot of questions around Alabama’s national championship matchup with Clemson, but Colin Cowherd isn’t worried about it thanks to Steve Sarkisian.
The Fox Sports host said Friday on Undisputed that he doesn’t expect the Alabama offense to stumble at all under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
“I don’t think Alabama misses a beat,” Cowherd said. “They may not beat Clemson – it’s not because of Sark.”
Cowherd made an even bolder claim than that. Citing Sarkisian’s work as a coach and a recruiter at Washington and USC, he said he thinks the Alabama offensive coordinator would be on par with anyone else in the SEC as a head coach.
“Outside of Saban and Kevin Sumlin, I would put Sark toe-to-toe with anyone in that conference,” Cowherd said.
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Alabama announced Sarkisian would be the new offensive coordinator in 2017 after Lane Kiffin accepted the head coaching job at FAU.
However, after Alabama’s offense scored just 17 points against Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the team announced Kiffin would be immediately stepping down Monday.
Saban said Kiffin had trouble dealing with the distractions of his new job while still managing his obligations at Alabama. Kiffin said he was surprised by the difficulty of balancing both jobs.
Alabama plays Clemson on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.