Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has landed on his feet after leaving the Trojans in 2015, and is now the full-time offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
With Alabama needing a new offensive coordinator after former USC head coach Lane Kiffin left to be FAU’s next head coach, Nick Saban has appointed Steve Sarkisian for the 2017 season.
Sarkisian joined Alabama’s staff as an offensive analyst back in September, after nearly a year out of football following his October 2015 termination from USC over his off-field conduct.
The Tide have gone a perfect 13-0 this season, including a 52-6 win over the Rose Bowl-bound Trojans on the night word of the Sarkisian hire first started to break.
Alabama becomes the second offensive coordinator post for Sarkisian. He spent two years as USC’s play caller and OC under Pete Carroll from 2007 to 2008. Ironically, he replaced Kiffin then too. Both ultimately became head coaches of the Trojans years later.
The Sarkisian Era at USC will forever be a time of missed opportunity and untapped potential. The Trojans went 12-6 in just 18 games under Sarkisian, with the highs of a No. 1 recruiting class and lows including the infamous Salute to Troy incident and an embarrassing home loss to Washington.
Clay Helton was appointed as the interim head coach last October, and has rebounded in his first full season as full-time head coach, taking the Trojans to the their first Rose Bowl since 2009.