Sport Kiffin out as Alabama OC, Sarkisian to coach title game

20:01  02 january  2017
20:01  02 january  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

Steve Sarkisian started the season as a TV analyst. He’ll end as Bama’s title-game OC

  Steve Sarkisian started the season as a TV analyst. He’ll end as Bama’s title-game OC Lane Kiffin’s plan to stick out the College Football Playoff at Alabama before diving full-time into his duties as FAU’s new head coach didn’t pan out. Kiffin is gone from Bama a week before the Tide play Clemson in the National Championship, and Steve Sarkisian’s starting his job as the Tide’s new offensive coordinator a week ahead of schedule. Nick Saban anointed Sarkisian as Kiffin’s successor last month, shortly after Kiffin accepted the FAU job. Sarkisian’s been an offensive analyst for the Tide for just about the entire season, and Saban wouldn’t have given him the OC’s job in the first place if he didn’t think he were up to it.

Share. Alabama announced on Friday that former USC coach Steve Sarkisian will replace Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator. Time Sports. But all that took a physical toll, and they now limp into this bowl date on a two- game skid with several key players sidelined. Louisiana Tech also lost in a conference title game , but the Bulldogs’ high-octane passing attack will be a difficult matchup for Navy. USA TODAY Sports.

Alabama announced on Friday evening that Steve Sarkisian would be the Crimson Tide's next offensive coordinator, replacing new Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin . Having the first team in half a century to protest its way out of a bowl game — in support of alleged perpetrators of sexual assault, no less — would have given Coyle significant cover to replace Claeys, however, and the coach was well aware of that.

  Kiffin out as Alabama OC, Sarkisian to coach title game © Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Lane Kiffin will leave his position as Alabama offensive coordinator and will not coach in the team's College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Clemson, the school announced on Monday.

Steve Sarkisian will assume coordinator duties effective immediately, the school said.

Alabama will take on the Tigers next Monday seeking their fifth national title in the last eight years.

Kiffin, who has spent the last three seasons as the Alabama offensive playcaller, accepted the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic University last month. Sarkistan was hired as the school's new OC after Kiffin was hired at FAU after being an analyst for most of the season for the Crimson Tide.

"We appreciate all that Lane has done for our foortball program over the last three years," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "We sat down following the Washington game and talked about the demands of managing both jobs, and we recognized that it is best for our players, and Lane, that we allow him to turn his full attention to his new head coaching job at FAU."

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Steve Sarkisian's 500-day odyssey from USC to Alabama .
From rock bottom back to the spotlight, Steve Sarkisian has seen it all since August 2015.The news was just the latest wild twist on a roller coaster ride unlike any coach in a national title game has ever been on. The following is an oral history of the past 500 days of Sarkisian’s life, from the August 2015 incident that brought his personal struggles into the public eye to now, told by many of those who witnessed it.

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