Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, 46, underwent a heart procedure last week in Birmingham, the school announced on Tuesday. Sarkisian's issue was unknown prior to exams that were performed on the Crimson Tide coaching staff last week.
"The Alabama football coaching staff participates in an annual executive physical," the school said in a statement. "During Coach Sarkisian's physical last week, it was determined that he needed a procedure to correct a congenital cardiovascular anomaly before it became an issue. Coach Sarkisian underwent a successful procedure this past Thursday (July 2) in Birmingham. He is back home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery."
The school did not specify what specific anomaly was discovered and treated.
Sarkisian is entering his second year as the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. His offense averaged a school-record 7.89 yards per play in 2019 despite losing star quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist Tua Tagovailoa in mid-November. He also served as Alabama's interim offensive coordinator in place of Lane Kiffin in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship loss to Clemson following the 2016 season.
His 2020 Crimson Tide offense looks to be one of the nation's best thanks to the return of star running back Najee Harris, wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle and offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood. It is unknown if Sarkisian will be available when the Crimson Tide open fall camp next month.