Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, that...

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, that former USC coach Steve Sarkisian will replace Lane Kiffin, who has taken over the Florida Atlantic program, as the team's offensive coordinator. Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama has hired another former USC head coach as offensive coordinator, turning to Steve Sarkisian to once again replace Lane Kiffin.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the move Friday with Kiffin having been hired to take over the Florida Atlantic program. Sarkisian will also coach the quarterbacks.

“We are pleased to be able to hire an offensive coordinator with the pedigree and experience of Steve Sarkisian,” Saban said in a statement. “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.”

Kiffin is expected to run the offense through the playoffs. The top-ranked Tide meets Washington Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl semifinals game.

Sarkisian, who is also a former Washington head coach, was an offensive analyst for Alabama this season.

“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,” he said.

USC fired Sarkisian in October 2015 after athletic director Pat Haden said he showed up in school in no condition to lead practice following an embarrassing public display earlier at a pep rally where he appeared to be intoxicated while giving a speech. He later sought treatment for alcoholism and sued USC alleging the school breached his contract and discriminated against him on the basis of a disability.

Sarkisian was Washington’s head coach from 2009-13. He went 12-6 at USC and 34-29 at Washington, which had won just 12 games during the previous five seasons before his arrival.

He was also offensive coordinator at USC in 2007-08.


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