One of the side effects of his long-term success is that Nick Saban often has to face off against one of his former Alabama assistants who is now a head coach elsewhere. That’ll be the case this weekend when the Crimson Tide takes on Steve Sarkisian’s Texas Longhorns.
After his brief stint as the head coach of the USC Trojans ended, Sarkisian came to Alabama to work as an analyst. He was quickly promoted to offensive coordinator before leaving to take an NFL job. He would return to Alabama a few years later to work under Saban once more before taking the head gig with Texas.
Now, he’ll go head to head against Saban for the first time and the track record for former assistants isn’t great. Saban holds a 25-2 record against his former assistants, though it’s worth noting both losses came last season when Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies upset No. 1 Alabama and then Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs beat them to win the national title (UPDATED).
Saban was asked Monday about the matchup against Sark and he shared a quote that was quintessentially Nick Saban and also somewhat frightening because of that.
Nick Saban on the difficulty of playing Texas with former OC Steve Sarkisian as the head coach: "We've played several teams who know us. But you act like we don't know them."
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) September 5, 2022
Nick Saban addresses 11am Kickoff and familiarity with Steve Sarkisian
— BamaInsider.com 🥋 (@bamainsider) September 5, 2022
“We’ve played several teams who know us,” said Saban. “But you act like we don’t know them.”
The cold, blunt take from the Alabama coach has a lot of college football folks worried about Texas’s chances on Saturday.
uh oh here comes dark saban https://t.co/hngjMrnXLl
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) September 5, 2022
fully prepared to watch Saban hit the griddy midfield after the A&M game at this rate https://t.co/NBp2E14pn2
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) September 5, 2022
Oh we're getting Hatin' Nick Saban? Lay the points. https://t.co/3OLB4HdIYb
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) September 5, 2022
Whatever the line is for Saturday is not going to be enough. It could be Alabama -50 and I'd probably still take Alabama. https://t.co/odwyHedsVv
— Tim Bielik (@timbielik) September 5, 2022