When Steve Sarkisian was the head coach at USC, he made $4.25 million. As an analyst at Alabama, he’s getting paid less – a lot less.

AL.com’s John Talty reports that Sarkisian will make $35,000 this season at Alabama. Talty also notes that Mike Locksley, an analyst who was formerly offensive coordinator at Maryland, will make $45,000.

While it’s a temporary drop off in pay, Sarkisian will certainly get back in the six- or seven-figure range soon enough. As an analyst with the Crimson Tide, he’s positioned himself well for future opportunities.

Interestingly enough, Sarkisian’s future could be tied to his former USC colleague, Lane Kiffin. If Kiffin gets a head coaching job, Sarkisian will likely be a top candidate for offensive coordinator under Kiffin or to replace him at Alabama.

As for his dismissal from USC, Sarkisian has sued the school for $30 million for being fired when he feels he should have had the option to enter treatment for alcoholism. In March, he agreed to enter binding arbitration to settle the $12.6 million remaining on his contract, but the case has not been heard yet, per The Los Angeles Times.