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Report: Alabama Is Hiring Former USC Coach Steve Sarkisian

According to FOX Sports' Clay Travis, Alabama will announce the hiring of former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian as a special offensive assistant on Tuesday.

Last October, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was terminated from his position after a number of alcohol-related incidents that became public. Sarkisian later entered and completed a rehab program. He's since been hired by FOX Sports 1 to be an in-booth analyst. But could there soon be a Steve Sarkisian Alabama marriage?

Now, according to Travis, Sarkisian may be getting back into coaching. Travis is reporting that Sarkisian will be hired by Alabama as a special offensive assistant. He'll be joining back up with Lane Kiffin - another former USC head coach. Kiffin is currently the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide.

While the news may come as a shock given the timing, Nick Saban has been known to offer both coaches and players second chances. It's certainly worked out in the past for him.

It's also worth noting that assuming Sarkisian has his personal life back under control, it was only a matter of time before he attempted to get back into coaching. It has, after all, been his profession the past 15 years.

Sarkisian, who is 42 years old, played his college football at BYU before starting his coaching career. He got started at El Camino Community College before becoming the quarterbacks coach for USC. He eventually became the head coach at Washington before getting the job with the Trojans.

With the Huskies, Sarkisian posted a 34-29 record with a 24-21 mark in the Pac-12. At USC, in just a year and a half, he had a 12-6 record, with a 7-5 mark in the league.

The Steve Sarkisian Alabama news is set to be announced on Tuesday, per Travis.

Will Sarkisian be a good fit in Tuscaloosa? It's going to be an interesting fall.