A stunner: Lane Kiffin out, Steve Sarkisian in as Alabama offensive coordinator

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Steve Sarkisian will take over Alabama’s offensive coordinator immediately, the school announced Monday.

Tide coach Nick Saban called it a mutual decision between he and Lane Kiffin, and said Sarkisian will call plays in the title game. Alabama meets Clemson for the national championship next Monday in Tampa.

Kiffin was hired as Florida Atlantic’s coach last month, and in a statement, Saban said he and Kiffin “talked about the time demands of managing both jobs, and we recognized that it is best for our players, and for Lane, that we allow him to turn his full attention to his new head-coaching role at FAU.”

Sarkisian spent this season as an offensive analyst for the Tide, and it was announced last month that he would take over after the season. That schedule shockingly has been moved up.

“It’s not going to change what we do, or change our philosophy. We’ll just have a different guy to dial up the plays,” Saban said on ESPN, as per the Tuscaloosa News.

Alabama won the national title last season with a lame-duck defensive coordinator, as Kirby Smart already had accepted the coaching job at Georgia but remained through the Tide’s playoff run.

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