Alabama Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian Always Liked Being Leader

Usually a twenty-four hour cooling off period exits after an Alabama game, win, lose or draw, per strict rules of the program. Yesterday a mutual decision between Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin was reported. The latter agreeing to forego an opportunity to remain as the offensive coordinator through the end of the season created furor enough to disrupt the Rose Bowl telecast. Now the spotlight is destined to shadow the named replacement, Steve Sarkisian.

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. visited with legendary El Camino College Head Football Coach John Featherstone to gain insight into his former pupil as a player, coach and person. 

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