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The Alabama Crimson Tide could be close to hiring a new offensive coordinator.

Chris Low of ESPN reported Thursday morning that a huge name emerged as a top candidate for the job. Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees could soon move from South Bend down to Tuscaloosa. Low reported that Rees emerged as the top candidate for the Crimson Tide OC job.

Low tweeted, “Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has emerged as the top target for @AlabamaFTBL‘s OC job. Rees has had discussions with Nick Saban and is scheduled to be on campus Thursday, sources tell ESPN. Saban is looking to replace Bill O’Brien, who left for the Patriots’ OC job.”

Notre Dame averaged 31.8 points/game and 5.8 yards/play in the 2022 season.

Recently, Ryan Grubb of the Washington Huskies emerged as a potential candidate. But Grubb reportedly turned Saban and the Crimson Tide down as he will remain offensive coordinator for the Huskies and their potent offense.

Former head coach Brian Kelly hired Rees as his quarterbacks coach in 2017. Rees held that role for three seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator. He’s held that position since the 2020 season.

The Alabama job certainly has its fair share of luxuries. You will always have a surplus of incredible talent to work for. So it makes for a very attractive job. But it’s a demanding one and the Tide faithful can sure be ruthless. But that’s what happens when you build up the reputation they have.

Time will tell to see if Tommy Rees is eventually hired up, but it’s looking likely now.

[Chris Low]

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