Alabama is finishing an arrangement with previous Houston Texans mentor Bill O’Brien to be the Crimson Tide’s next hostile facilitator.
O’Brien was in the Alabama football complex Wednesday. He likewise invested energy around the group a week ago paving the way to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
Saban was gotten some information about O’Brien on Wednesday during a Zoom news gathering paving the way to the declaration of the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, which Saban won later Wednesday night.
Saban applauded O’Brien’s assortment of work and considered him a remarkable mentor, and despite the fact that Saban didn’t formally report O’Brien as Alabama’s new hostile facilitator, he said that O’Brien would “do a great job with our players here.”
Saban added, “I’ve always tried to have the best knowledge and experience I can for our players and their development, and I certainly think O’Brien can contribute to that in a very positive way.”
O’Brien, who likewise filled in as the Texans’ head supervisor a year ago, was terminated four games into the 2020 season. That is subsequent to driving the Texans to season finisher appearances in four of his initial six seasons in Houston.
O’Brien, 51, replaces Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama to take the Texas head-training position.
While his latest training experience was in the NFL, O’Brien likewise has a long history of instructing in school. He was Penn State’s lead trainer in 2012-13, assisting with remaking the program following the Jerry Sandusky embarrassment and NCAA sanctions that followed. O’Brien was Duke’s hostile organizer in 2005-06 and Georgia Tech’s hostile facilitator in 2001-02.
Like Saban, O’Brien additionally has solid connections to Bill Belichick and trained under Belichick with the New England Patriots for five seasons from 2007 to ’11, the last season as the Patriots’ hostile facilitator.
O’Brien will be Saban’s seventh distinctive hostile organizer, returning to Jim McElwain, who left after the 2011 season to take the Colorado State head-training position.
Saban likewise has a hostile line position to fill on his staff, as Kyle Flood is going with Sarkisian to Texas to be the Longhorns’ hostile organizer/hostile line mentor.