The final whistle long since sounded in No. 1 Alabama’s 52-6 victory over No. 20 Southern Cal, but Alabama coach Nick Saban might not be done with the Trojans yet.
On Monday, Saban addressed whether the reports that former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was joining his staff were true.
“We talked about it, really, quite a while ago. I told him that we’d love to have him as a part of the organization,” Saban said. “…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 from USC last October amid reports that he showed up to practices and other events under the influence of alcohol. In nearly 1.5 seasons with the Trojans Sarkisian compiled a 12-6 record.
Saban didn’t bring up Sarkisian’s recent history of personal issues, but he did address some of his expectations for his new analyst.
“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 an 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.”
Source:: The Crimson White Sports