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Nick Saban Announces Addition Of Steve Sarkisian To Alabama Staff

Steve Sarkisian will become the second former USC head coach to join Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

Sarkisian, the former head coach at USC, was fired last season and went to rehab to deal with an alcohol-related issue. After initially planning to spend the season as an analyst for FOX Sports 1, he is joining the Alabama staff as an offensive analyst.

FOX Sports' Clay Travis first reported the news on Twitter on Saturday night.

Today, Nick Saban confirmed the addition to his coaching staff.

SEC Country has more from Saban on adding Sarkisian to the staff.

We told Steve Sarkisian that we’d love to have him as a part of our organization. He’ll be an analyst. I’ve known him for a long time. We’ll continue to help him in his personal life. He knows there’ll be consequences if he doesn’t take care of what he needs to do in his personal life.

Sarkisian was 34-29 in five seasons as head coach at Washington before taking over the Trojans. He was 12-6 in a season and a half at USC. He previously coached under Pete Carroll at Southern Cal from 2005-2008.

The move mirrors one made by Lane Kiffin after he was fired from USC during the 2013 season. That December, he spent time with the Crimson Tide during their bowl preparation, and took over as the team's offensive coordinator the following season. Last year, he helped lead Alabama past Clemson for the national championship, and many believe that Kiffin will be a candidate for some big head coaching openings this off-season. Sarkisian has much different concerns than Kiffin, but this could set him up to take over as the Tide's offensive coordinator if Kiffin does leave. At the very least, it adds another high-profile, experienced coach to a staff that is as talented as the roster it oversees.

Coincidentally, the news comes on the heels of Alabama's dominant 52-7 win over USC on Saturday night. Kiffin especially enjoyed that one.