Nick Saban has his top Attack Coordinator objective

Alabama football fans have been waiting to see Nick Saban fill the Tide’s offensive coordinator spot, but an early favorite has emerged.

The long-standing speculation and rumors that former Alabama Football Offensive Coordinator Bill O’Brien would return to the NFL, specifically the Patriots, turned out to be true. And since that moment, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have been tasked with filling that void, also replacing defense coordinator Pete Golding.

However, every name that has been linked as a possible O’Brien replacement up until now has been largely based on speculation. We’ve been waiting for Saban to take a step and show his hand where he’s leaning to try to revive the Alabama offense going forward.

Now we have a clue.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Chris Low reported that Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees was in Tuscaloosa to be interviewed for the OC position, noting that the former Fighting Irish quarterback is currently a top target for the Football in Alabama counts.

Alabama football rumors: Tommy Rees the early favorite for the vacant offensive coordinator position

Rees, who played quarterback for Notre Dame from 2010 to 2013, is only 30 years old but has become a coveted commodity in college football coaching circles. Amid Brian Kelly’s departure to LSU last offseason, the Tigers’ new head coach wanted to take Rees to Baton Rouge, but the offensive coordinator opted to remain on Marcus Freeman’s South Bend staff.

It’s interesting to note that Rees became the top target for the Crimson Tide for the Irish after last season, when Notre Dame was often vilified for their offensive shortcomings, although this has a lot to do with quarterback play and a lack of roster talent do had wide receiver. He should still be considered a young coaching star on the rise.

However, this is only the first domino we’ve seen falling up to this point. Rees may not be the top target, but he spurned the SEC to stay at Notre Dame last year, so it’s not out of the question that he could do it again to remain his alma mater, especially with transfer quarterback Sam Hartman coming to the Irish to take over the offense.

Still, we’ll see where Thursday’s interview goes and what that might mean for next steps in the search for Alabama’s offensive coordinator. And when Rees does the same thing he did last offseason and returns to Notre Dame, where Nick Saban is filming next, it will be fascinating to watch.

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