Hours after Alabama destroyed Southern California 52-6 on Saturday, the Crimson Tide are reportedly meeting with the Trojans’ former coach.
According to the Tuscaloosa News, Steve Sarkisian is on his way to Tuscaloosa to “discuss a role” on the Tide’s football staff. The exact nature of the role wasn’t disclosed and nothing is official yet, per the report. Clay Travis of Fox Sports reported Saturday night that Alabama will announce Sarkisian as a special offensive assistant on Tuesday.
This would be interesting on a couple of levels if it comes to fruition, however.
For one, Sarkisian would be getting back into coaching a little less than a year after USC dismissed him for multiple reported substance-related incidents. An ESPN report said Sarkisian “showed up lit to meetings” and an August 2015 video from a donor event showed Sarkisian dropping the F-bomb while apparently under the influence of alcohol. Sarkisian was initially placed on an indefinite leave of absence before being terminated days later.
Secondly, Sarkisian would be reuniting with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The two worked together under Pete Carroll as Trojan assistants from 2005-06. Sarkisian succeeded Kiffin as USC’s head coach after the 2013 season.
Sarkisian went 12-6 in his short stint with USC.
Again, should Sarkisian join Alabama’s staff — there has been no official word from his camp one way or the other — the Tide would have two fired USC coaches on staff days after they handed the Trojans their worst season-opening loss in history.
As if Alabama couldn’t possibly troll USC any harder.
Source: CBS Sports / Report: Ex-USC coach Steve Sarkisian is interested in assistant role at Alabama