Colorado Preparing To Hire Steve Sarkisian
Colorado is preparing to hire Steve Sarkisian as the school’s new head football coach.
Sarkisian interviewed for the job last week.
Although an official announcement has not come yet, the 45-year-old has been described by CBS college football insider Dennis Dodd as someone who “could be the front-runner for the job.”
Currently, Sarkisian serves as the offensive coordinator under head coach Nick Saban at Alabama. Previously, he worked as the head coach of Washington and USC, as well as an assistant for the Atlanta Falcons.
“This comes two days after Buffaloes interim coach Darrin Chiaverini was interviewed for the full-time role,” CBS Sports reported.
“As of Wednesday, the pecking order to replace Mel Tucker is believed to be Sarkisian, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.”
#Colorado coaching search seemingly in the final stretch. Should have a hire here shortly. The school interviewed #Giants assistant Bret Bielema and #RollTide OC Steve Sarkisian this week, according to sources. #AirForce coach Troy Calhoun reportedly in the mix, too.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 20, 2020
Two weeks ago, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio abruptly retired.
That sparked a chain reaction, of sorts. His exit led to a massive recruiting spree by the Spartans, which resulted in then-Colorado head coach Mel Tucker being poached.
“We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave,” school Athletic Director Rick George said after Tucker made his decision.
“We are excited about the upward trajectory of our football program and we’ll get to work immediately hiring the next head coach to build on our momentum and lead our young men.
“We’re confident this program is on the verge of competing at the highest level and has the resources and support in place to do so for a long time.”
Because Tucker had not been able to actually accomplish anything at Colorado yet, his replacement will not have particularly big shoes to fill.
On paper, at least, Sarkisian possesses all of the attributes necessary to take over for Tucker and do a great job at Colorado. Under his supervision, Alabama’s offense rose to become the second-best in the country. He is a smart, capable offensive mind should be an instant difference-maker.
The only real issue with Sarkisian is his history, particularly at USC. He had a tremendous opportunity to do something special with the Trojans at that time, and he squandered it.
Will that come back to haunt him this time around?
Colorado is expected to make a final coaching decision at some point in the next few days.