Offensive coordinator discussion/odds…

Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on as offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian stands in the background during warm ups prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on as offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian stands in the background during warm ups prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jess Nicholas
TideFans Editor-in-Chief
February 8, 2017

I was thinking about making this an actual article with some research on who the supposed candidates for the OC opening are, but we’ve come to learn under Saban that assistant coach hires are kept almost completely under wraps until the last minute. There is far more “inside info” to be gleaned during an actual head coaching search than at the assistant level.

Having said that, there have been a few names kicked around recently in articles on other sites and I wanted to give kind of a brief overview of those, what to expect if any of them were hired and what I think the odds would be if I was trying to handicap it.

Keep in mind that Saban tends to prioritize playcallers over pure QB position coaches here. It could work out that Alabama gets one of each, with the OC carrying a different position tag than QB. Also, I think we’re looking for some stability this time out.

Editor’s Note:  Read Jess’ evaluation of the odds on favorites for coaches believed to be in the mix: , , , ,,, , , , , and .

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