Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian is joining Alabama’s coaching staff as an offensive analyst, Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed on Monday.Sarkisian was infamously fired at USC weeks into the 2015 season following a series of alcohol-related issues that began with a rant at the annual Salute to Troy event, where he appeared to be intoxicated. Then-Athletic Director Pat Haden gave him the axe in October after he showed up to a practice in poor condition.The 42-year-old was slated to join Fox Sports as a television analyst this season, but instead will take a job with the Crimson Tide.“We’re glad to have him as part of the organization,” Saban said to the media. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get back on his feet professionally and this will be beneficial to him.”Sarkisian will work with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who was also fired from USC in less-then-amicable fashion. Both Sarkisian and Kiffin also coached under Pete Carroll with the Trojans.Due to NCAA rules on staff size, Sarkisian will not be able to coach players on the field. He is the fifth former head coach to join Alabama’s coaching staff.Saban said that he and Sarkisian had discussed the role “quite a while ago.”“He’s going through some personal things himself to get himself in a very positive position and wants to continue to do those things in the future and professionally,” Saban said. “He loves coaching. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a very, very good coach.”Saban added that Sarkisian is aware of ramifications should concerns flare up again.“I think he understands the consequences that he deals with professionally if he has any issues or problems,” Saban said.Sarkisian is still in the midst of a legal battle with USC. He filed a wrongful terminal lawsuit against the University last December, claiming the school should have allowed him to seek treatment for alcoholism rather than dismissing him. The case is headed for arbitration; Sarkisian is seeking the $12.6 million remaining on his contract in addition to unspecified damages.
Russell Wilson on Wednesday night expressed the rarity that is an almost universally shared opinion: More NFL throwback uniforms, please.The 31-year-old Seahawks quarterback shared a photoshopped picture of himself in a uniform that resembles the look Seattle’s NFL franchise donned from its birth in 1976 to its first major change in 2002. He evidently caught wind of a rumor that the NFL is considering ditching the nonsensical one-helmet rule it created seven years ago. MORE: Ranking all 32 NFL uniform setsThis is a MUST 🔥🔥🔥@Seahawks fans around the 🌎 would love! #JustDoIt #Throwbacks pic.twitter.com/FbliM3oCfQ— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 26, 2020The Seahawks’ silver helmet and pants look is sharp, indeed. It would be an amazing addition to what’s already the the league’s second-best uniform set in our estimation.Now, if the NFL would just allow it.”There will be no change for the 2020 season,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk regarding the rule that limits players to just one helmet per year. “There are ongoing discussions for a potential change for the 2021 season, but no decisions have been made.”The rule was implemented in 2013 as part of the league’s injection of safety measures. (Helmets need to be broken in before they can be considered safe for game use.) Because it limits players to one helmet per year, it also forces teams to choose just one helmet color. Teams are allowed to wear throwback uniforms as long as the default helmets are used within the set.MORE: NFL throwback uniform rankings Bucs returnings to the Cremesicle jerseys next year? 👀👀 @UniWatch Hour 2 live now: https://t.co/Qv5vON3FiB pic.twitter.com/ZM3SlFHOLg— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 25, 2020If the NFL ditches the rule, teams would be allowed to include multiple helmet colors in their uniform sets for the first time since the 2012 season. Think white helmets with throwback looks for the Cowboys, Patriots and Buccaneers. Gold helmets for the Steelers. Red for the Falcons and Bills. Kelly Green for the Eagles.More helmet color options would mean more throwback uniform options, and more throwback uniforms would mean more jersey sale opportunities.For the perpetually money-craving NFL, this should be a no-brainer. Or, as Wilson put it, “a must.”
The New York Times: How To Do Right By The Disabled About a year ago the Senate fell five votes short of ratifying an international treaty that would improve protections for the disabled. It was an ignoble spectacle as the opponents rebuffed Bob Dole, a former colleague and disabled veteran, who came to the Senate floor to lobby for it. The Senate now has a chance to redeem itself (11/24). The Wall Street Journal: Rationing Bone Marrow You know an agency has gone off the rails when its rules make the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals look like a beacon of sanity. So it goes at the Department of Health and Human Services, where a proposed rule-making is seeking to override the court’s decision to allow bone-marrow donors to be compensated for their donations (11/24). The New York Times: Responding To A Meningitis Outbreak A vaccine approved for use in Europe and Australia but not in the United States will be imported to help quell an outbreak of bacterial meningitis at Princeton University. This is a good example of how two federal agencies — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration — can collaborate to reach a common-sense solution to protect the public’s health (11/22). The Wall Street Journal: Should The Eligibility Age For Medicare Be Raised? With increasing demographic and financial pressures on Medicare, there’s a growing consensus in the U.S. that something has to be done about the decades-old social program. With this in mind, we posed the following question to The Experts: Should the eligibility age for Medicare be raised? (11/23). Los Angeles Times: 40-Plus Years As A Pediatrician In my early years of practice, I also saw cases of measles, rubella and whooping cough, and, of course, almost all children developed chickenpox. Today, there are immunizations against all these diseases, so it is uncommon to see them. But that could change. A new wave of uninformed, anti-vaccine sentiment is persuading some parents to forgo or delay immunizing their children. The science is clear-cut: Vaccines save lives, and serious side effects are exceedingly rare (Dr. Richard M. Buchta, 11/24). Los Angeles Times: So Much Data-Gathering, So Little Doctoring I’m a stomach doc. I’ve seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I’ve done research, I’ve taught, I’ve been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I’ve watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It’s complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities — like the universities I used to work at — the worse the problem (Dr. Michael P. Jones, 11/24). The Washington Post: Creigh Deeds’s Son, My Daughter And My Fears About Virginia’s Mental Health System I was coming home from visiting my 11-year-old daughter at a Virginia psychiatric hospital Tuesday when I heard about the stabbing of state Sen. Creigh Deeds and the suicide of his son, Austin. According to some reports, the younger Deeds had been denied admittance to a psychiatric hospital the day before. I was heartbroken. This family was let down by the same broken mental health system my family depends on (Cristy Gallagher, 11/22). The New York Times: Curing Insomnia To Treat Depression Psychiatrists have long thought that depression causes insomnia, but new research suggests that insomnia can actually precede and contribute to causing depression. The causal link works in both directions. Two small studies have shown that a small amount of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia, when added to a standard antidepressant pill to treat depression, can make a huge difference in curing both insomnia and depression in many patients. If the results hold up in other studies already underway at major medical centers, this could be the most dramatic advance in treating depression in decades (11/23). The New York Times: Danger Lurks In That Mickey Mouse Couch Researchers this summer purchased 42 children’s chairs, sofas and other furniture from major retailers and tested them for toxic flame retardants that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, diminished I.Q.’s and other problems. In a study released a few days ago, the Center for Environmental Health reported the results: the toxins were found in all but four of the products tested. … These flame retardants represent a dizzying corporate scandal. It’s a story of corporate greed, deceit and skulduggery, powerfully told in a new HBO documentary, “Toxic Hot Seat,” that is scheduled to air on Monday evening (Nicholas D. Kristof, 11/23). Viewpoints: Senate Should Reconsider Treaty On Protections For People With Disabilities; HHS Treading Wrong Way On Payments For Bone Marrow Donors This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.