Sources: Sarkisian turns down Cards for Bama

While the Arizona Cardinals offered Steve Sarkisian the offensive coordinator position, he instead will return to Alabama to work on Nick Saban’s staff, sources tell ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

It is not clear what role Sarkisian will have with the Crimson Tide.

Sarkisian was fired by the Atlanta Falcons following the regular season after a two-year run as their offensive coordinator.

Prior to joining Atlanta in Feb. 2017, Sarkisian was an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide and took over as offensive coordinator for the school in the College Football Playoff title game after Lane Kiffin departed to become Florida Atlantic‘s head coach.

Sarkisian was previously the head coach at USC and Washington. Before joining the Falcons, Sarkisian’s only NFL coaching experience came in 2004, when he was the Oakland Raiders‘ quarterbacks coach under then-head coach Norv Turner.

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