After a brief reported dalliance with Colorado, Steve Sarkisian is staying put. The Alabama offensive coordinator will be back in Tuscaloosa, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Not only will Sark be back with the Crimson Tide, but he’ll also reportedly be getting a pay raise. Low says the 45-year-old will now become one of the highest paid assistants in college football.
Sarkisian interviewed for the vacancy at Colorado this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. With him out of the picture, it looks like the Buffaloes will hire either Troy Calhoun or Bret Bielema.
Sarkisian spent last season as the OC at Alabama after a two-year stint in the same role with the Atlanta Falcons. Prior to that, Sarkisian was an offensive analyst with the Tide during the 2016 season.
He also served as the interim offensive coordinator for the team’s CFP title game loss to Clemson after Lane Kiffin left to become head coach of FAU.
Nick Saban won't be looking for another offensive coordinator. Steve Sarkisian, who had emerged as a top target for the Colorado head job, will remain at @AlabamaFTBL and is expected to get a raise making him one of college football's highest paid assistants, sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) February 20, 2020
Having Sarkisian back should provide some needed continuity for an Alabama offense that will be grooming a new quarterback next season. Mac Jones is the favorite to win the job after playing well in relief of Tua Tagovailoa last year.
Alabama finished 11-2 in 2019, including a Citrus Bowl win over Michigan.