It seems like Invoice O’Brien may have a brand new job.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are finalizing a deal to make O’Brien, who was fired because the Texans coach and common supervisor in October, the staff’s offensive coordinator, according to ESPN.
O’Brien, 51, hung out with Alabama final week earlier than their dominant 52-24 national championship win over Ohio State on Monday and was on the staff’s soccer complicated on Wednesday, in response to the web site.
Although Saban didn’t formally announce the hiring, he lauded O’Brien in a Zoom information convention name Wednesday — saying he would “do an awesome job with our gamers right here” — earlier than he received the Bear Bryant Coach of the Yr Award later that night time.
“I’ve all the time tried to have the perfect information and expertise I can for our gamers and their growth, and I actually suppose [O’Brien] can contribute to that in a really optimistic manner,” Saban mentioned.
O’Brien shall be changing Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama to turn out to be the pinnacle coach of the Texas Longhorns.
The previous Texans coach was fired after getting off to an 0-Four begin this previous season. O’Brien, who was in his seventh season in Houston, compiled a 52-48 document and received the AFC South 4 occasions in his tenure.
The Alabama offensive coordinator place received’t be O’Brien’s first job in faculty.
He was Penn State’s head coach for 2 seasons (2012-13) and helped this system rebuild within the wake of the NCAA sanctions they obtained after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He additionally was Duke’s offensive coordinator in 2005-06 and ran Georgia Tech’s offense in 2001-02.
Like Saban, O’Brien has robust ties to Patriots coach Invoice Belichick. He was on the six-time Tremendous Bowl successful coach’s workers from 2007-11 and was the staff’s offensive coordinator in his remaining season in New England.