FTBL Alabama Coaching Hires: Flood to coach offensive line,Sal Sunseri returns to Tuscaloosa, and interviews continue


BamaBoyJosh

Verified Member
#1
Who will be the next OC?

(Let me be clear this is from AL.com)

With Dan Enos leaving Alabama for the Miami offensive coordinator job, there is again an opening for the job in Tuscaloosa. Who will be in charge of the Crimson Tide offense with Tua Tagovailoa and his top receivers returning for 2019?
We came up with a list of potential candidates who would fit including a few with ties to Alabama or Nick Saban.

Butch Jones
Alabama has promoted from within for this position a few times recently. That includes Steve Sarkisian, who went from an analyst role to the national title game in early 2017. Mike Locksley also started at Alabama as an analyst like Jones was last season. He's been in place and would have familiarity with the plan and personnel.

It wouldn't seem like a long-term option and Alabama could be in the market again should Jones have a good season and see his head coaching stock rise but next season figures to be the one with the most explosive offensive potential with so many skilled players returning.


Matt Canada
The interim head coach at Maryland last season was the offensive coordinator at LSU the year before, so the SEC West is familiar territory. All things considered, Canada led Maryland well with the storm clouds of controversy hovering all season.

The Terps finished 5-7 but led Ohio State nearly all game before losing in the closing seconds, 52-51. Maryland also opened the season with a win over a Texas team that went on to win the Sugar Bowl over Georgia.


Derek Dooley
The former Tennessee head coach knows what it's like coaching under Saban at LSU and the Dolphins. He's currently at Missouri as offensive coordinator. He helped Drew Lock and the Tiger offense in 2017 and would have Clemson grad transfer at QB in 2019 should he stay.

Alabama offers a higher-profile position with an offense loaded with more weapons with Tagovailoa and receivers Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.


Tee Martin
The Mobile product has ample coaching experience in the big leagues as well as the SEC. Tennessee's starting quarterback in the 1998 national title season was most recently at USC as offensive coordinator in a tenure dating back to 2012.

He was fired by head coach Clay Helton in November after an unsuccessful season in Los Angeles. The Trojans had the No. 13 total offense with Sam Darnold at quarterback.



Chip Long
A rising star in the coaching business, the 35-year old offensive coordinator at Notre Dame is a Birmingham native (pictured at Mountain Brook's QB in 2001) who played at North Alabama.

He helped the Irish to an undefeated regular season and a playoff berth while navigating a starting quarterback change early in the season. Long was a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 2008-09 helping with tight ends.


Rob Sale
A staffer at Alabama from 2007-11, Sale was the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette last season. The Ragin Cajuns had the No. 44 offense and the No. 22 rushing attack. Before that, he was the run game coordinator at Arizona State in 2017. Sale also played for Saban at LSU.

Sale also knows the South, which helps in recruiting; he was the offensive line coach at Georgia in 2015 and was also the co-offensive coordinator at McNeese State as the Cowboys averaged nearly 400 yards and more than 32 points a game.


LARRY FEDORA
Fired as North Carolina's head coach last season, Fedora is known for his offensive mind. He was a coordinator at Florida and Oklahoma State before reviving the Southern Miss program from 2008-11.

That led to the North Carolina where he peaked in 2015 with an 11-3 record. The Tar Heels went 3-9 and 2-9 the last two seasons and he was out. Also of note, The Oklahoman reported Fedora turned down the Alabama OC job in 2007.

Anyone else?
 

rick4bama

Bama Fan since 1965 and counting....
HARRY'S
#7
You think he will go with Dooley, he being on his staff already? Are one of the ex-coaches? How many had he hired on the Bama staff since he been at Bama?
 
#11
Don't we have some insiders on this board than can figure out what went on with Enos? Would be interesting to know. I do not see Saban letting him get away if he wanted him to stay.
 

BamaBoyJosh

Verified Member
#12
You think he will go with Dooley, he being on his staff already? Are one of the ex-coaches? How many had he hired on the Bama staff since he been at Bama?
Major Applewhite (one season - just fired from Houston)
Jim McElwain (4 seasons - head coach at Central Michigan)
Doug Nussmeier (2 seasons - TE coach of Dallas Cowboys)
Lane Kiffin (3 seasons - Florida Atlantic head coach)
Steve Sarkisian (1 game - just fired by Atlanta Falcons)
Brian Daboll (1 season - Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator)
Mike Locksley (1 season - Maryland head coach)
 

TerryP

ADMINISTRATION
#13
Don't we have some insiders on this board than can figure out what went on with Enos? Would be interesting to know. I do not see Saban letting him get away if he wanted him to stay.
What Enos perceived as his "market value," combined with a few things he wanted that didn't fit with what Saban is wanting to do.

If you guys will recall, Chip Long was on the radar before Locksley was announced last season. His name is being tossed around a lot in the last two days.

University of Memphis Athletics - Ryan Silverfield - 2019 Football Coaching Staff - University of Memphis
Long is a MASSIVE downgrade.
That's certainly not Saban's impression of Long.
 

BamaBoyJosh

Verified Member
#14
Don't we have some insiders on this board than can figure out what went on with Enos? Would be interesting to know. I do not see Saban letting him get away if he wanted him to stay.
What Enos perceived as his "market value," combined with a few things he wanted that didn't fit with what Saban is wanting to do.

If you guys will recall, Chip Long was on the radar before Locksley was announced last season. His name is being tossed around a lot in the last two days.

University of Memphis Athletics - Ryan Silverfield - 2019 Football Coaching Staff - University of Memphis
Long is a MASSIVE downgrade.
That's certainly not Saban's impression of Long.
I'm not going to pretend like I know what Saban thinks about something but there is not a single thing in Long's background to suggest he is even close to the level of someone like Locks or even Enos.
 

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