Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian interviews for Colorado head coaching position
Nick Saban may soon be on the market for a new offensive play-caller.
Just when it appeared the coaching carousel had come to a stop, Mark Dantonio up and resigned at Michigan State the day before National Signing Day. While that decision has yet to affect Saban’s Alabama coaching staff, it may in the coming days.
Following Dantonio’s decision to step down in East Lansing, Michigan State hired Colorado head coach Mel Tucker to replace the longtime Spartan coach. Now with Colorado currently searching for Tucker’s replacement, one name gaining traction for that position is Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports and Adam Rittenburg of ESPN, Sarkisian has been interviewed by Colorado this week for the program’s open head coaching position. Per Dodd’s reporting, one source indicates Sarkisian is the front-runner to land the Colorado job over former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun.
Sarkisian is coming off his first year as Alabama’s offensive coordinator after serving two seasons in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons. He briefly replaced Lane Kiffin as Alabama’s offensive coordinator for the Tide’s national championship game appearance at the end of the 2016 college football season.
Colorado focusing in on Sarkisian would make sense as the Crimson Tide play-caller has twice-served as a Pac-12 head coach at Washington and USC, he played at BYU and has strong West Coast recruiting ties that have helped Alabama in recent recruiting cycles. The Buffaloes are expected to make their decision on the program’s next head coach soon.
Ironically, Tucker landed the Michigan State job thanks in part to Saban recommending his former assistant for the job. While he could not have envisioned it at the time, Saban may have started a chain reaction that results in losing his offensive coordinator just weeks before the start of spring practice in Tuscaloosa.