Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian helped guide the Atlanta Falcons to a 26-13 victory in an NFL playoff game over the Los Angeles Rams over the weekend. The Falcons' offensive coordinator is going about his business quietly, years removed from his highly publicized off-the-field issues that cost him his marriage and the head coaching job at USC.
Sarkisian, who led the Cougars to a 14-1 season and No. 5 final ranking in 1996, isn't talking about his present or his past, according to the Daily Breeze in an article that chronicles his "journey back from rock bottom."
"The one-time fair-haired quarterback at West Torrance High, El Camino College and BYU, who seamlessly became fair-haired young quarterback coach at ECC, USC, Raiders and back at USC, and, finally, the fair-haired young head coach at Washington and USC, was fired without ceremony by USC in 2015 for reported alcohol abuse," wrote Mike Waldner. "Making matters worse, he destroyed his marriage, shattering a family with three children. It would be nice to say a conversation with Sarkisian reveals much. Years ago, such a conversation took place with former Dodgers star Maury Wills. Not with Sarkisian. He has declined direct and indirect requests to talk."
Haws signs contract
BYU's all-time leading scorer, Tyler Haws, has signed a contract with the St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada. Last year, Haws played for Poland's Anwil Wloclawek.
The Edge also signed Ransford Brempong, a native of Brampton, Ontario, who was a member of the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team from 2006-2008.
And finally ...
Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette poured in 50 points for the Shanghai Sharks in a loss to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.