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Steve Sarkisian reportedly headed back to Alabama

Well, this is a little unexpected.

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A familiar face might be heading back to the sidelines in Tuscaloosa.

Dianna Russini of ESPN is reporting that Steve Sarkisian, who was the offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide for one (1) game, is rejoining Nick Saban’s coaching staff. Sarkisian was being considered for the OC job with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, this after being let go by the Atlanta Falcons. But evidently, Sark is heading to the Tide instead.

This is certainly an interesting maneuver by Saban, as Sark’s offensive systems have needed their fair share of troubleshooting of late. While Russini doesn’t explicitly say that it’s for the open OC job left by Mike Locksley, the new head coach for the Maryland Terrapins, you can probably infer that that’s exactly what Sark will be doing next with ‘Bama.

More on this as it develops, of course.