The former USC head coach was brought to Tuscaloosa as an analyst in September. Promoting Steve Sarkisian to be the new offensive coordinator one week prior to the rematch of Alabama (no. 1, 14-0) and Clemson (no. 2, 13-1) playing for the National Championship might appear to be a risky move but Nick Saban has proven to be a master of hiring coaches. The next man up philosophy applies to the entire organization.
Football was laid to rest at one point in Sarkisian’s life. Baseball was the main sport for the Torrance, CA native (West High School). A seminal moment involved one coach rekindling his passion for the game. BamaMag.com visited with legendary El Camino College Head Football Coach John Featherstone to gain insight into his former pupil as a player, coach and person.