Steve Sarkisian had a rough ending with the USC Trojans. Personal demons and addictions got the best of the former head coach, and he had to seek professional attention. The good news is that second chances are a welcomed aspect of our culture, and the Alabama Crimson Tide appear to be the entity willing to give him just that.
According to SEC Country’s Marq Burnett, Nick Saban revealed Monday that the former USC coach will join the Crimson Tide’s staff as an offensive analyst.
“We told Steve Sarkisian that we’d love to have him as a part of our organization,” Saban said on Monday. “He’ll be an analyst. I’ve known him for a long time. We’ll continue to help him in his personal life. He knows there’ll be consequences if he doesn’t take care of what he needs to do in his personal life.”
Sarkisian went 12-6 with the Trojans from 2014 to 2015 in his most recent coaching stint, which ended in relatively tragic fashion. He also spent five seasons at Washington before that, where he went 34-29.
This continues Alabama’s very obvious approach to building a dominant coaching staff. Sarkisian is the fifth former FBS head coach on the Crimson Tide’s assistant coaching staff.
As an analyst, the coach can watch film of games and practice. He can also provide input on the overall direction of the team, if Saban wants it, including the game plan. However, he is not allowed to have a hands-on coaching role, interacting with players on the football field. All of which appears to be a smart and safe first step in trying to get back into the coaching ranks.