5 things to know about Alabama football offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian
Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, a former head coach at both Washington and USC, will take on additional responsibilities in Saban’s in-person absence.
Saban was hesitant to assign gameday duties to any coaches for Saturday's game against Georgia.
Here are five things to know about Sarkisian:
Sarkisian, 46, played quarterback in college and the CFL before he entered the coaching profession.
In two seasons at BYU, his 173.6 passing efficiency rating is 49th on the NCAA’s all-time list, just ahead of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
He also led BYU to the WAC Championship and a win in the 1997 Cotton Bowl. He was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996 and earned second-team All-America honors.
Coached in the NFL
Sarkisian was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons in 2017.
In 2018 the Falcons offense finished in the top 10 in passing yards, total yards, and scoring.
Sarkisian was fired after the 2019 season after the Falcons had their first losing season under coach Dan Quinn.
Sarkisian was also the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2004.
Head coaching experience
Sarkisian has a 43-35 record with stints at Washington (2009-13) and USC (2014-15).
At USC, Sarkisian led the Trojans to a 12-6 record, including a second-place finish in the Pac-12’s Southern Division in 2014.
Sarkisian was fired at Southern Cal two months after he slurred his words at preseason pep rally. He blamed it on mixing alcohol with medication.
After he was fired, Sarkisian went into alcohol rehab.
Second time coaching at Alabama
Sarkisian was an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide and served as the interim offensive coordinator for the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Alabama lost to Clemson, 35-31
Health scare during summer
During his physical this summer, it was discovered that Sarkisian needed a procedure to correct a cardiovascular anomaly. He underwent heart surgery on July 2.
He has made a full recovery.