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Steve Sarkisian is ‘committed’ to helping Alabama win CFP National Championship Game, before heading to Texas

Steve Sarkisian leads Alabama onto the field for Iron Bowl game
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/SEC Media Portal

He was named the head football coach for the University of Texas on last week, but Steve Sarkisian is not letting the new appointment distract him from the task at hand.

After coaching Alabama’s offense to 31 points in a 31-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, Sarkisian is one game away from becoming a perfect national champion as a primary coordinator. Although he has to get his offensive staff prepared to coach the Longhorns, the Broyles Award winner for this season told reporters on Wednesday that this has been a ‘normal game week.’

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“My focus is on the game, I’m prepping for the ballgame,” Sarkisian said.

*Coach Sarkisian talks the commitment he made to Nick Saban at 1:02 mark

He is excited about his opportunity to be a head coach again; however, Sarkisian knows he gave Nick Saban his word.

“The commitment I made to Coach Saban two years ago was the same commitment I made to these players,” he said. “That’s focusing on this game and giving this game the attention it deserves.”

Sarkisian is all in for finishing the job and coaching the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff National Champion next week versus Ohio State at HardRock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. His expertise has been nothing short of amazing, as Alabama averaged 48.2 points and 535 yards offensively per game — both of which are the most in the Saban era.

Sarkisian’s excellence as an offensive play caller also placed the Tide with having the No. 1 scoring offense and No. 5 total offense in college football.

If it has Jaylen Waddle (ankle), Alabama will be a handful for the Buckeyes to stop.

For now, it is good to see the focus on Sarkisian being all the way in.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith

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