TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s already enormous support staff grew by one on Monday.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced that former Southern Cal coach Steve Sarkisian would be joining his staff as an “analyst.”
“We talked about it, really, quite a while ago,” Saban said Monday. “I told him that we’d love to have him as a part of the organization. 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. Professionally, he loves coaching. So we thought it would be a good thing for our organization to have somebody — look, I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very, very good coach — to make a contribution to being an analyst here and having some input into some things that we could do better, I think, would be a real positive for our organization.”
Sarkisian was fired by Southern Cal last October, one day after he was asked to take an “indefinite leave of absence.” The firing came after Sarkisian reportedly showed up to USC’s athletic facilities intoxicated. He reportedly checked into a rehabilitation facility that same week.
Sarkisian later sued the school for his dismissal, arguing that it didn’t accommodate his disability.
“We’re going to continue to help him in his program as an organization and we’ll support him and he has an opportunity,” Saban said. “But I think he understands the consequences that he deals with professionally if he has any issues or problems. We’re glad to have him as part of the organization. Hopefully he’ll be able to get back on his feet professionally and this will be beneficial to him.”
Sarkisian replaced current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin as Trojans coach after Kiffin was fired in 2013. Sarkisian went 12-6 with the Trojans from 2014 to 2015.
Prior to that, Sarkisian was the coach at Washington, going 34-29 in five seasons (2009-13).