Paul Finebaum Responds To Steve Sarkisian’s Alabama Decision
Paul Finebuam responded to Steve Sarkisian’s Alabama decision this past week.
For a two-day stretch last week, Sarkisian was regarded as the favorite to become Colorado’s next head coach. He ultimately passed on the opportunity in order to remain with the Crimson Tide and become one of college football’s highest paid assistants.
Appearing on WJOX radio in Birmingham, Alabama, this past week, Finebaum offered his two cents on Sarkisian’s choice.
The ESPN college football insider thinks it will ultimately have massive implications on the SEC and the College Football Playoff picture as a whole.
“Right now, I think it’s a really big plus for Nick Saban,” Finebaum said.
“Whether you like Steve Sarkisian or not, this is the first sign of stability that we’ve seen on that staff in a while and I think that’s critical.
“We’ve gone from a new narrative, excuse me, an old narrative of Saban winning a couple more national championships to get him one more before he moves on, and I think the key to that is Sarkisian being there.”
Sarkisian is recognized as something of an offensive guru, even if he does come with a lot of baggage.
Clearly Saban took a big chance on him following the catastrophe that was his run at USC, and thus far it has paid off for all involved.
“Forget all his problems, which I think he’s overcome, give him credit for that,” Finebaum continued.
“He’s been there, he understands the system, clearly Saban took a chance a couple of years ago bringing somebody back in that had literally walked out on him after one game, as the offensive coordinator, but it looks like it turned out to be a good move.”
Prior to arriving at Alabama, Sarkisian served as the head coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013. After that, he went to USC in 2014 for one of the most disastrous coaching stints in recent memory. He ultimately ended up leaving mid-2015.
In 2016, he linked up with Alabama as an analyst and then was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the National Championship Game against Clemson.
Sarkisian then briefly left Alabama to serve as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons for two years, before ultimately returning to the Crimson Tide.