Saban releases statement on Steve Sarkisian leaving Crimson Tide for Atlanta Falcons job

File Photo: 2015 (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — UPDATE NOON: Alabama football head coach Nick Saban has released a statement on Steve Sarkisian leaving the Crimson Tide to be the Atlanta Falcon’s offensive coordinator.

“We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did for our program during his time here. He is an outstanding coach, and we wish him the best in his new role as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. As always, when we have an opening on our staff, we will use it as an opportunity to go out and hire the best coach available,” Saban said in his statement.

UPDATE 11:10 AM: The Atlanta Falcons have tweeted out that they have agreed with Steve Sarkisian to become their next offensive coordinator.

ORIGINAL: Less than two months after being named Alabama offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian may have found himself a new job.

According to Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post, Sarkisian will be the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

Ian Rapoport is also reporting the news first broke by Schultz.

Sarkisian would replace Kyle Shanahan, who accepted the head coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

This story is developing, we will update as details continue to emerge.

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