The news of Mike Locksley taking Maryland’s head coaching job has been expected for a few days, so Alabama likely had a head start searching for a new offensive coordinator.
A few names immediately come to mind as the Crimson Tide looks to fill this position for a third straight season.
Alabama’s quarterback coach is already in place and has a strong relationship with both Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. He’s been an offensive coordinator at four different schools, most recently at Arkansas from 2015-17. It would be a natural fit as Nick Saban hired from within when Locksley was promoted from receivers’ coach to OC after last season. He led the Razorbacks to the No. 29 total offense in 2015 averaging 465.5 yards per game.
Another current assistant, Gattis is an up-and-comer in the business who is among Alabama’s best recruiters. The 34-year old is the Tide receivers coach leading arguably the best unit this program’s ever had. Gattis, the No. 17 recruiter nationally in 247Sports, brought in some of Alabama’s top commits for the 2019 class. Five-star Antonio Alfano of New Jersey wasn’t considering the Tide until Gattis left Penn State for Tuscaloosa. Keeping Gattis on staff will help that recruiting base solid.
The former Ole Miss coach’s name is circulating with a number of jobs though it’s unclear if the SEC will approve a hiring. Alabama was interested in Freeze for an off-the-field job last offseason. He is now the offensive coordinator of Arizona’s AAF franchise where Phil Savage is the general manager.
Recently fired as head coach at North Carolina, Fedora is known for his creative offenses. He was OC at Florida and Oklahoma State before turning around the Southern Miss program as head coach from 2008-11 before heading to North Carolina. The spread offense was a big part of his rise in the coaching world. Fedora reportedly turned down the Alabama offensive coordinator job in 2007, according to The Oklahoman.
Like Fedora, Samford was fired at Western Kentucky after two seasons in Bowling Green. The 36-year old was Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator from 2015-16 after a season at Boise State. Samford also spent three seasons as an offensive assistant at Stanford from 2011-13.