TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (al.com) - Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian is joining Alabama's staff as an offensive analyst, Tide coach Nick Saban confirmed Monday.
The 42-year old Sarkisian is a respected coach and offensive mind, but had been out of football since he was fired by USC last October following a series of alcohol-related incidents.
Sarkisian was reportedly drunk and used inappropriate language at a preseason booster event. According to ESPN, members of the USC football staff then suspected that Sarkisian was under the influence during a game against Arizona State in late September. Sarkisian was then fired two weeks later after, according to an ESPN source, showing up to team meetings clearly drunk.
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