Bama hires Steve Sarkisian to replace Kiffin as OC

Updated: Dec. 16, 2016 at 5:37 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Alabama promoted Steve Sarkisian from analyst to offensive coordinator on Friday.

Sarkisian replaces Lane Kiffin who is leaving the Tide to take over as head coach at Florida Atlantic. He will also serve as the quarterbacks' coach

"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join Coach Saban's staff, and I can't thank The University of Alabama enough," Sarkisian said. "I have always admired the Alabama program from afar and getting to be part of this football team these past few months has only reinforced my belief that this is the best college football organization in the country."

"There are many outstanding coaches and athletes at The University of Alabama, and I am extremely excited to start working with them in my new role. This is a very special place to have the opportunity to coach when you consider the program's rich tradition and the unrivaled passion of the fan base," he continued.

Saban released the following statement:

We are pleased to be able to hire an offensive coordinator with the pedigree and experience of Steve Sarkisian," Saban said. "He has a tremendous offensive mind and is someone we believe will do a great job of teaching and developing our football team on the offensive side of the ball. He has been a great asset to our coaching staff this season and brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to his job. Steve will be a phenomenal addition to our coaching staff and someone who can seamlessly transition into the job with a full understanding of how our organization works.

Sarkisian coached the Southern California Trojans from 2014 until he was dismissed midway through the 2015 season. While in charge, the Trojans went 12-6 overall. They even managed a second in the Pac-12's Southern Division in 2014.

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