Invoice O’Brien is again in faculty soccer, and he is returning with the reigning nationwide champs.
Alabama announced Thursday that it has employed O’Brien to be its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach beneath Nick Saban. The previous Penn State coach is changing Steve Sarkisian, who left Tuscaloosa to develop into Texas’ head coach.
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“I am trying ahead to the chance to work with among the greatest soccer gamers within the nation, whereas serving to to proceed the success this program has loved for a few years,” O’Brien mentioned.
O’Brien, 51, parlayed his work as Joe Paterno’s full-time successor at Penn State — and his expertise as an assistant with the New England Patriots — into an NFL head teaching job, taking on the Texans in 2014. He added common supervisor to his duties in 2020. O’Brien guided the Texans to a 52-48 report and 4 AFC South championships however was fired final 12 months amid an 0-4 begin and heavy criticism of his personnel selections, such because the commerce of large receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals.
“Invoice is likely one of the brightest offensive minds in soccer, an impressive instructor and glorious recruiter. He’ll strengthen our teaching employees and provides our gamers the very best probability to achieve success,” Saban mentioned.
With O’Brien’s rent, Alabama and Saban are handing the offense to yet one more high-profile coach who’s coming off a rocky tenure elsewhere. That group contains Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin and Mike Locksley. Saban reportedly was considering former Jets coach Adam Gase for the OC place in addition to O’Brien.
The Tide additionally are reportedly hiring former Jaguars coach Doug Marrone to be their new offensive line coach. Jacksonville fired Marrone after the 2020 season and changed him with City Meyer.
Sarkisian’s remaining recreation on the Alabama sideline was the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 victory over Ohio State within the School Soccer Playoff nationwide championship recreation on Jan. 11.