Report: Key Alabama assistant to interview for HC job at Iron Bowl rival Auburn
According to recent reports, one Alabama assistant will interview for the open head coaching job at Auburn, opening the possibility for a rivalry change that would be seemingly unprecedented.
According to John Talty and Matt Zenitz with AL.com, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will interview for the Tigers job on Sunday following the SEC Championship Game against Florida. The Crimson Tide are currently No. 1 for the College Football Playoff with Talty and Zenitz reporting Sarkisian did not want to have communication about the job until after Saturday’s game in Atlanta:
The expectation is that Auburn will interview Sarkisian on Sunday, per sources. The Broyles Award semifinalist has made it clear that he doesn’t want to have any communication about the job until after the SEC title game.
Over the years, Nick Saban’s Alabama program has been a sort of jumping-off point for coaches looking to boost or rebuild value for a head coaching job. Maryland head coach Mike Locksley is one of the most recent examples of a Saban assistant cashing in on a new head coaching job.
However, switching from Saban’s staff to take over for in-state rival Auburn would be quite the transition. It is hard to envision someone crossing Iron Bowl lines, but Sarkisian may be looking at an offer he cannot refuse.
Then again, Lane Kiffin recently returned to the SEC West at Ole Miss, a former OC under Saban who now gets to face his old boss every year. Maybe Sarkisian is hoping for the same opportunity.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) December 18, 2020