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Alabama offensive coordinator hot board

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Alabama is searching for another offensive coordinator. Steve Sarkisian is leaving Tuscaloosa for the Atlanta Falcons, meaning Nick Saban will have to fill the position Sarkisian accepted when Lane Kiffin left to become head coach at FAU. Here are a handful of early candidates, listed alphabetically.


Current position: None

Former positions:

2015-16 – Houston Texans offensive coordinator

2014 – Houston Texans quarterbacks coach

2012-13 – New England Patriots tight ends coach

2011 – New England Patriots offensive assistant

2009-10 – Central Florida running backs coach

2005-08 – Central Florida quarterbacks coach

2004 – Central Florida graduate assistant



Current position: None

Former positions:

2013-16 – Oregon head coach

2009-12 – Oregon quarterbacks, offensive coordinator

2006-08 – Colorado quarterbacks, offensive coordinator

2003-05 – Arizona State quarterbacks coach, passing game coordinator

2001-02 – Arizona State quarterbacks coach

1998-00 – Boise State quarterbacks coach

1997 – Oregon graduate assistant

1996 – Southern Oregon running backs coach



Current position: None

Former positions:

2016 – San Francisco 49ers head coach

2013-15 – Philadelphia Eagles head coach

2009-12 – Oregon head coach

2007-08 – Oregon offensive coordinator

1999-06 – New Hampshire offensive coordinator

1997-98 – New Hampshire offensive line coach

1994-96 – New Hampshire running backs coach

1993 – Johns Hopkins defensive coordinator

1992 – New Hampshire running backs coach

1991 – Outside linebackers and safeties coach

1990 – Columbia defensive backs and special teams coach

1988-89 – Nevada conditioning coach



Current position: Boise State wide receivers coach

Former positions:

2016 – Fresno State offensive coordinator (interim head coach final four games)

2015 – Alabama offensive analyst

2014 – Kansas wide receivers coach

2012-13 – Washington wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator

2011 – California wide receivers coach, passing game coordinator

2009-10 – Colorado wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator

2006-08 – Colorado wide receivers coach

2002-05 – California wide receivers coach, special teams coordinator

2001 – Utah State wide receivers coach

2000 – Utah State running backs coach

Kiesau was Lane Kiffin’s roommate during the 2015 season before returning to the west coast, where he had spent most of his career. He has five years of experience as an offensive coordinator. Fresno State’s offense this year has had problems (121st nationally with 329.3 yards per game) but Kiesau guided Washington to 499 yards per game in 2013.



Current position: Alabama offensive assistant

Former positions:

2016 – Alabama offensive analyst

2012-15 – Maryland quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator (interim head coach in 2015)

2009-11 – New Mexico head coach

2006-08 – Illinois quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator

2005 – Illinois tight ends, offensive coordinator

2003-04 – Florida running backs, recruiting coordinator

1998-02 – Maryland running backs coach, recruiting coordinator

1997 – Maryland running backs coach

1996 – Army wide receivers and tight ends coach

1995 – Pacific outside linebackers coach

1994 – U.S. Naval Prep School defensive line coach and defensive coordinator

1993 – U.S. Naval Prep School defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator

1992 – Towson State defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator

Locksley is the most experienced of this bunch, with almost 25 years of college coaching under his belt. He’s been a head coach and also has eight years of experience as an offensive coordinator. He’s coached several positions on offense at major conference schools. His time already spent at Alabama would help him step in quickly both as a coordinator and as a recruiter for the Crimson Tide.



Current position: CBS Sports analyst

Former positions:

2008-11 – UCLA head coach

2007 – Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator

2005-06 – Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach

1999-02 – Washington head coach

1995-98 – Colorado head coach

1994 – Colorado offensive coordinator

1990-93 – UCLA wide receivers coach

1988-89 – UCLA quarterbacks coach

1986 – UCLA graduate assistant