The biggest headline news from Tuscaloosa this week is that Bill O’Brien has been hired as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, meaning he is no longer affiliated with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Many Bama fans had been waiting for O’Brien’s departure for a long time, and the news finally broke on Tuesday morning.
Alabama now has vacancies in both coordinator positions that need to be filled. The announcement of the departure of former defense coordinator Pete Golding came almost two weeks ago. While the DC situation is still a hot topic, the opening of the offensive coordinator offers the fan base something fresher to chew on.
Several names were thrown around after O’Brien’s departure, including Oklahoma OC Jeff Lebby, Buffalo Bills quarterback coach Joe Brady, and former Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury.
All of these names, as well as a few others that have been discussed, are intriguing for a variety of reasons. Still, nothing substantial has surfaced.
Alabama Crimson Tide: Bama in the NBA
The Alabama Crimson Tide has always been known for populating the NFL with its former players, particularly under coach Nick Saban. Now, the Alabama basketball program is starting to stock the NBA with Tuscaloosa products.
Point guard Collin Sexton is averaging 14.3 points per game in his freshman season with the Utah Jazz after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sexton is having a bad year by his standards, coming off the bench mostly for jazz. Despite this, he remains the most well-known Alabama player in the modern NBA.
Herb Jones has become a key player and fan favorite for the New Orleans Pelicans. Jones is averaging 10.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game this season and has started every game he has played in.
Kira Lewis Jr. also plays for the Pelicans but hasn’t seen much action this season. Former Alabama Crimson Tide teammate John Petty Jr. joins Jones and Lewis Jr. in the Pelicans organization and plays for the G League Birmingham Squadron.
JaMychal Green is averaging 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the world champion Golden State Warriors.
JD Davison (Boston Celtics) and Keon Ellis (Sacramento Kings) are both rookies with two-way contracts. Davison and Ellis are both trying to make their names in the league after qualifying for Alabama basketball just last season.
Alabama Crimson Tide: Senior kicker ties the knot
Just weeks after surprising fans by announcing his return to Alabama, Will Reichard got married over the weekend. He married his high school sweetheart, who is also an Alabama grad.
Reichard is one of the top kickers in Alabama history and will be a big part of next season’s team. The up-and-coming fifth-grader is already the all-time all-time scorer in Tide history with 426 points. If he hits 22 more field goals in 2023, he will overtake Leigh Tiffin and become the school’s all-time leader in made field goals.
Reichard would need 36 made field goals to become the NCAA all-time record holder in made field goals. While that probably won’t happen, a solid season has allowed Reichard to firmly cement himself in the NCAA top ten.
That would be quite an achievement, but probably not the biggest highlight of Will Reichard’s year.