The Atlanta Falcons are set to hire University of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.
Multiple media outlets first reported the news Tuesday morning.
Sarkisian joined the Alabama staff after the Southern California game to open the season in 2016. He flew to Tuscaloosa after the game and accepted a job as an offensive analyst.
“We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did for our program during his time here,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach, and we wish him the best in his new role as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. As always, when we have an opening on our staff, we will use it as an opportunity to go out and hire the best coach available.”
He was named Alabama’s offensive coordinator in waiting following Lane Kiffin accepting the Florida Atlantic head coaching job in December. When Nick Saban and Kiffin parted ways following the Peach Bowl, Sarkisian served as offensive coordinator in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Clemson.
Sarkisian was scheduled to make $1 million in 2017, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.
Sarkisian was paid $83,333.34 as his monthly salary on Jan. 31, 2017, according to university records. As an offensive analyst, Sarkisian was earning $35,000 per year. His salary was upgraded when he took over offensive coordinator duties from Kiffin prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Sarkisian accepted the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator position Tuesday.
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