Alabama's Saban lands new offensive coordinator


Alabama promoted WR coach/co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator. He then served as a co-offensive coordinator alongside of Daboll this past season and also held the position of wide receivers coach.

Considered an excellent recruiter, Locksley would be coach Nick Saban's fourth offensive coordinator in three seasons. Locksley will also now coach quarterbacks, per ESPN. The 48-year-old reportedly had an opportunity to join Florida State's staff but elected to stay at Alabama.

Less than one week after losing Brian Daboll to the Buffalo Bills, Alabama has a new leader for its offense.

His promotion provides Alabama some much-needed stability entering an offseason in which both Jalen Hurts and true freshman backup Tua Tagovailoa are potential starting quarterbacks following Tagovailoa's play in the second half of this season's national championship game.

There was some speculation that former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze was in the running to be named Alabama's next offensive coordinator.

It will be the former New Mexico head coach's third opportunity to be an offensive coordinator after OC stints at Maryland (2012-15) and IL (2005-08).