TAMPA, Fla.—Steve Sarkisian did his very best to make Saturday seem like just another day.

He tried, but failed.

“Life is good, life is good,” he said in the first minutes of a mandatory, hour-long interview in which he would deflect attention from himself. “I’m at this point…today.”

Saturday, in fact, was an extraordinary day, in an extraordinary week for an Alabama football program that situationally-substituted one former USC head coach, Lane Kiffin, for another.

Nothing about Sarkisian taking questions at media day in advance of Monday night’s title game against Clemson was business-as-usual.

Sarkisian drew more media attention at his podium than Alabama Coach Nick Saban.

You imagined the paint still being wet on the giant placard above his station, “STEVE SARKISIAN.”

He’s Alabama’s new offensive coordinator, replacing Kiffin, who was run off campus by Saban just relative hours before one of  THE biggest games in school history.

Just another day? Hardly. Nothing like this has happened before and, if it was anyone but Alabama, you’d think the program had lost its football bearings.

Oh yeah, one more thing, Sarkisian is (we hope and pray) a recovering alcoholic, hired by Saban as an offensive analyst this season with the idea he would succeed Kiffin after he was hired away after the season. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.