Following Alabama’s 52-6 win over Southern Cal Saturday in Arlington, Texas, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban berated reporters a bit for not having asked if Jalen Hurts was going to play against the Trojans. Hurts came in late in the first quarter and was instrumental in igniting the Bama offense.
Perhaps the reason the question of Hurts wasn’t asked because prior to that Saban had said the Tide was down to two men for the job – Blake Barnett (who started the game) and the most experienced quarterback going into the game Cooper Bateman (who got only mop-up work).
Reporters weren’t taking a chance on another Saban beatdown when he held his Monday press briefing.
Over the weekend, there were rumors that Alabama would be adding former Southern Cal Head Coach Steve Sarkisian to the Crimson Tide staff as an offensive analyst.
Sarkisian was fired as head coach of the Trojans early last season after barely a year on the job. He was the permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin, now Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, who had been fired mid-season in 2013.
Sarkisian and Kiffin had been co-offensive coordinators at USC under Pete Carroll in the mid-2000s. Sarkisian also spent five speads at Washington as head coach. His overall record is 46-35.
Saban was asked about the rumor and said, “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.
“He’s going through some personal things himself to get himself in a very positive position and wants to continue to do those things in the future. Professionally, he loves coaching.
“So 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.
“We’re going to continue to help him in his program as an organization and we’ll support him and he has an opportunity. 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.”