As if Nick Saban needed another weapon in his already loaded arsenal.
While No. 1 Alabama, aided by former USC head coach turned Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, implanted a 52-6 black eye on No. 20 USC’s mug, word broke that Alabama was set to add another ex-Trojans head coach.
Clay Travis of FOX Sports reported Saturday Steve Sarkisian is set to join the Tide’s staff as a full-time offensive analyst.
On Sunday, Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News corroborated Travis’s report, writing that Alabama is in the process of flying Sarkisian to Tuscaloosa to discuss a role as an offensive analyst for the Tide. Suttles noted that Sarkisian has not yet accepted the job, but hopping a cross-country flight indicates that’s a strong possibility — to put it lightly.
Sarkisian took a role as an analyst for FOX Sports to bide his time between coaching stints so, presumably, Travis got his news from the Sark camp.
Sarkisian inherited the USC head coaching job from Kiffin, by way of an extended interim role for Ed Orgeron, and went 12-6 over the 2014 season and the first half of 2015. He was fired by USC on Oct. 12 of last year, a day after he was placed on an indefinite leave of absence, after reportedly showing up to work drunk, ending a saga that became public when he addressed boosters while clearly inebriated at a pre-season football event.
Sarkisian has sued USC for $30 million.