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Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian took over the vacant job as head coach in Texas earlier this month, leaving a hole in the Crimson Tide coaches who went into the 2021 college football season that is about to be filled The Athletic reported shortly before the College Football Playoff National Championship kick-off on Monday that Bill O’Brien, the former coach of the Houston Texans and Penn State Nittany Lions, is expected to replace Sarkisian later this week

Taking on the job would mark O’Brien’s return to college for the first time since 2013, when he finished the second of his two seasons as coach at Penn State The Nittany Lions finished fourth in the Big Ten and in both seasons The Temporary Offensive The Top Three Places After an 8-4 campaign in the first season since Joe Paterno’s departure, he won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and the Maxwell Coach of the Year

That will, of course, come in handy for the Alabama passing offense that has evolved since coach Nick Saban Lane hired Kiffin to lead the unit before the 2014 season, O’Brien has a lot of college football experience From 1993 to 2006 he was an assistant coach at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke Station

It was reported last week that O’Brien was with the Alabama coaching staff in Tuscaloosa. Ex-New York Jets coach Adam Gase was also a candidate for the position O’Brien was won by the Texans after a 0-4 Fired Start of 2020 NFL Season

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World News – USA – Bill O’Brien is approaching contract with Alabama to replace Steve Sarkisian as Tide Offensive Coordinator, according to report