Minutes before Alabama was set to kick off against Ohio State in the national championship game, major news about the team's soon-to-be offensive coordinator vacancy rolled in. According to FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, a deal between former Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Alabama is expected to be completed in the coming days. O'Brien will replace Steven Sarkisian on Nick Saban's staff, as Sarkisian was named the head coach at Texas last week.
"As I reported last week Bill O'Brien, the former #Texans and Penn State head coach visited Tuscaloosa about replacing Steve Sarkisian as Alabama’s OC.. I’m hearing that deal is expected to happen in the next few days," Feldman tweeted Monday night.
O'Brien, who has previously coached at Penn State, was terminated by the Texans in October after an 0-4 start. O'Brien was hired by the Texans after a brief stint as Penn State's head coach. In two years leading the Nittany Lions from 2012-13, O'Brien was a combined 15-9.