Ex-Falcons coordinator Steve Sarkisian hired as Texas coach

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, coach Dan Quinn, and players react in the final minutes of a 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Atlanta.  Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, coach Dan Quinn, and players react in the final minutes of a 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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The University of Texas hired former Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as its head coach.

The Longhorns fired coach Tom Herman on Saturday, and Saturday afternoon announced that Sarkisian, the offensive coordinator at Alabama, will replace him.

Sarkisian succeeded Kyle Shanahan after the Falcons’ loss to New England in the Super Bowl in February 2017, when Shanahan accepted the job as head coach of the 49ers. Sarkisian coordinated the Falcons’ offense for two seasons under coach Dan Quinn before he was fired and landed at Alabama.

The Falcons compiled a 17-15 record with Sarkisian as OC. Alabama is preparing to play Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Championship game Jan. 11.

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