Sarkisian 'in the right spot at the right time' with UT

Sarkisian 'in the right spot at the right time' with UT

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Sarkisian 'in the right spot at the right time' with UT

KNOXVILLE — Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn addressed media Wednesday ahead of the Falcons’ season finale.

Quinn mentioned that if any staff decisions were to be made following their last game, that decisions will be based on “the season as a whole.”

Staff evaluation includes offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

Shortly after Quinn’s remarks, Norm Chow discussed Sarkisian with Vols Wire, saying “football wise he would fit” at Tennessee as offensive coordinator.

Chow coached Sarkisian at BYU as quarterbacks coach (1995) and offensive coordinator (1996) and also coached alongside him at USC (2001-03). Chow served as offensive coordinator and Sarkisian was quarterbacks coach for the Trojans.

Part of the USC staff with Chow and Sarkisian included offensive line and tight ends coach Keith Uperesa.

Uperesa also joined Hawai’i’s staff in 2012 as running backs coach when Chow was hired as head coach.

“He stopped by once in awhile and met with Chow since they had a past relationship,” Uperesa told Vols Wire of how Sarkisian was hired at USC. “Before we knew it, he came on staff and everything started at that point in his career.”

Uperesa echoes Chow’s comments that Sarkisian would be a good fit at Tennessee.

“Steve has paid his dues,” he said. “The NFL is a different deal. I think he would be a good pick at Tennessee being in the right spot at the right time.”

Sarkisian worked with Jeremy Pruitt at Alabama in 2016 and Uperesa says that “relationship and trust” between the two is a factor.

“He would be a good fit especially in the college game,” Uperesa said of Sarkisian. “He is a great offensive mind and that showed at USC and Washington.”

Uperesa coached with other offensive minds at Utah, serving as Urban Meyer’s offensive line and tight ends coach and working alongside quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen for the 2004 undefeated season.

Uperesa says Sarkisian’s offensive mind matches up with Meyer and Mullen.

“It’s a different game in philosophies between all three,” he said. “Every system you have to get kids to buy in and Steve can do that. He relates to players and players relate to him. He is a little more pass oriented than the others while wanting to establish the run.”

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