Alabama announces offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had heart surgery
Scary news out of Alabama as offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had to undergo heart surgery last week after a routine physical detected an issue.
The team announced the news on Tuesday. The good news is the Alabama assistant coach is expected to make a full recovery.
If you recall, Sarkisian received interest regarding the Colorado head coaching position this offseason after Mel Tucker left the program for Michigan State.
Here is the statement issued by Alabama on Tuesday:
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“The Alabama football coaching staff participates in an annual executive physical. During Coach Sarkisian’s physical last week, it was determined that he needed a procedure to correct a congenital cardiovascular anomaly before it became an issue. Coach Sarkisian underwent a successful procedure this past Thursday (July 2) in Birmingham. He is back home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery.”
Sarkisian has been on staff at Alabama as the offensive coordinator for one full season. He previously served as an analyst before replacing Lane Kiffin in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Sarkisian has also served as offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons and head coach at Washington and USC.
Last season, the Crimson Tide averaged 47.2 points per game and scored 35 or more points in every game. In the two games the Tide lost, the team scored 41 (vs. LSU) and 45 (vs. Auburn).