Steve Sarkisian will reportedly stay at Alabama, withdraws his name from consideration at Colorado
Nick Saban has managed to keep his offensive coordinator for at least another season.
According to ESPN college football insider Chris Low, Steve Sarkisian has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Colorado head coaching position. A recent report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports pegged Sarkisian as the front-runner for the position.
Sarkisian interviewed for the Colorado job this week following Mel Tucker’s decision to leave for Michigan State after only one year with the program.
Low is reporting that Sarkisian will receive a raise to stay at Alabama that will make “him one of college football’s highest-paid assistants” with his new contract. Sarkisian was scheduled to make $1.6 million to run Alabama’s offense next season after signing a three-year contract that began last season.
For what it’s worth, Sarkisian was already near the top of the list when it comes to highest-paid offensive coordinators in the nation but did trail the likes of defensive coordinators Dave Aranda of LSU ($2.5 million), Brent Venables of Clemson ($2.2 million) and Mike Elko of Texas A&M ($2.1 million) in terms of 2019 salary.
With Sarkisian now out of consideration, one name that has been rumored to be a candidate for the Colorado job is former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.