Various media reports the past two days have said it was expected that Mike Locksley would be promoted to offensive coordinator at Alabama. ESPN reported Friday morning that Locksley indeed has been selected to replace Brian Daboll.
Locksley was Alabama’s receivers coach in 2017 and an offensive analyst for the Tide in 2016.
Locksley, who turned 48 on Christmas Day, is a former head coach at New Mexico and has been an OC at Illinois and Maryland. He also has been an assistant at Florida, Army and Pacific. He is known as a high-level recruiter, especially in the Batimore/Washington, D.C., area, which has become an underrated hotbed in producing talent.
Locksley also had discussions with new Florida State coach Willie Taggart this month, presumably about becoming FSU’s coordinator. Florida State hired Walt Bell away from Maryland earlier this week, and the presumption was that move was made because Locksley was staying at Alabama.
Daboll left after one season to become OC of the Buffalo Bills.
Locksley is Alabama’s fourth OC in about 13 months. Daboll replaced Steve Sarkisian, who was OC for about a month and called plays for the Tide in the national championship game following the 2016 season. Sarkisian then left to become coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. He was promoted after Lane Kiffin left in the week between the College Football Playoff semifinals and the national title game to take over at Florida Atlantic.
Alabama’s staff has undergone a makeover in the past month. Nick Saban also had to replace his defensive coordinator after Jeremy Pruitt became coach at Tennessee. Saban has yet to name a new DC, though it is expected that there could be co-coordinators.
Alabama hired Pete Golding away from UT San Antonio, where he had been coordinator. Golding is considered a rising star in the profession. Golding could share the coordinator title with holdover linebacker coach Tosh Lupoi.
Alabama also reportedly has hired Karl Scott, who had been named DC at UL Lafayette less than a month ago. Scott was secondary coach at Texas Tech the past two seasons and is expected to be safeties coach for the Tide. In addition, the Tide brought aboard Jeff Banks to coach special teams; he had held the same position at Texas A&M.
Saban still has two coaching slots to fill.
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