Bill O’Brien nears deal with Alabama to replace Steve Sarkisian as Tide offensive coordinator, report says


Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian took over the vacant Texas head coach position earlier this month, which left a hole in Crimson Tide’s coaching staff ahead of the football season University 2021. This position is about to be filled. Athletic reported shortly before kick-off of the National College Football Playoff Championship Monday that Bill O’Brien, former coach of the Houston Texans and Penn State Nittany Lions, is expected to be named Sarkisian’s successor later this week.

Taking the job would mark O’Brien’s return to the college sidelines for the first time since 2013, when he finished the second of his two seasons as a coach at Penn State. The Nittany Lions were fourth in the Big Ten in all-out offense over those two seasons, and in the top three in passing offense. He won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Maxwell Coach of the Year after an 8-4 campaign in the first season since the departure of Joe Paterno.

That, of course, will come in handy in the offense for the happy to pass Alabama, which has moved on since coach Nick Saban hired Lane Kiffin to lead the unit ahead of the 2014 season. O’Brien has a lot of skills. college football experience to his credit. He made saves as an assistant coach at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke from 1993 to 2006.

It was reported last week that O’Brien was in Tuscaloosa with the Alabama coaching staff. Former New York Jets coach Adam Gase was also a candidate for the job. O’Brien was sacked by the Texans after a 0-4 start to the 2020 NFL season.


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