Sarkisian spent last season as offensive analyst at Alabama and was recently hired as the team’s offensive coordinator, replacing another former Trojans coach,
In Atlanta, Sarkisian will replace former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is the new head coach of the
A former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at USC, Sarkisian was head coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013 before being lured away by the Trojans. That stint didn't end well, as Sarkisian was dismissed by USC during his second season for erratic behavior and alcohol-related issues.
Sarkisian filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against USC, alleging discrimination on the basis of disability and breach of contract. The suit was moved to binding arbitration last year. Per court records, the arbitration proceeding is scheduled to start in July.
He spent nearly a year out of football before being hired by Coach
"I told him we'd love to have him as part of the organization," Saban said at the time. "Look, I've known him for a long time, and he's a very, very good coach."
Staff writers Nathan Fenno and David Wharton contributed to this report.
9:55 a.m.: This article was updated with the Falcons' announcement and more details.