Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had heart surgery, expected to make full recovery

Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian speaks during a coaches press conference on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday August 3, 2019. Sark01 © Mickey Welsh / Advertiser via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is currently at home recovering from heart surgery, the program announced Tuesday.

Steve Sarkisian had surgery to correct a congenital cardiovascular abnomoly

Alabama released a statement announcing the procedure, which was shared by Brett McMurphy of Stadium:

“The Alabama football coaching staff participates in an annual executive physical. During Coach Sarkisian’s physical last week, it was determined that he needed a procedure to correct a congenital cardiovascular anomaly before it became an issue. Coach Sarkisian underwent a successful procedure this past Thursday (July 2) in Birmingham. He is back home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Sarkisian is 46 years old. There was no mention of any timetable for his recovery.

Alabama put up big offensive stats under Steve Sarkisian last season

Back in 2016, Sarkisian joined Nick Saban’s staff as the offensive coordinator. Then he took the same job with the Atlanta Falcons from 2017-18 before re-joining Saban at Alabama for the 2019 season.

Under his guidance, the Alabama offense put up prodigious stats last season.

  • The Tide averaged 511 yards per game (6th in the nation)
  • Alabama averaged 47.2 points per game (2nd in the nation)
  • Tua Tagovailoa passed for 2,740 yards and 33 touchdowns in just nine games before a season-ending injury

Assuming Sarkisian is able to recover in time for the coming 2020 college football season, we expect the Crimson Tide to continue putting up big offensive numbers as they vie for another title.