Who Are the Top Candidates for Bama OC?
As we now know, Ryan Grubb bolted for the Seahawks taking Scott Huff with him, so Kalen DeBoer must hire an offensive coordinator and an offensive line coach.
While no big O-line names are in the rumor mill, there are plenty of OC options out there. Here's a quick hot board of who could be the top three contenders to replace Grubb.
1. Kirby Moore, Missouri
Moore worked for DeBoer at Fresno as OC and knows the head coach's offensive system already. Would he leave Mizzou for more money and a better ring opportunity national title wise? We should know in the next 72 hours but don't count Moore out.
2. Nick Sheridan, Alabama
Sheridan currently coaches tight ends at Alabama but he's coached quarterbacks before and has run an offense before as well. He did those things at Indiana where he coached future Heisman runner-up Michael Penix Jr.. He could be DeBoer's quick, in-house answer. But so could...
3. JaMarcus Shephard, Alabama
"Coach Shep" also has OC experience, having done so at Purdue for four years prior to joining DeBoer at Washington. He would likely remain as receivers coach if promoted to either OC or Co-OC with Sheridan. The latter scenario is also a possibility and it would likely have Sheridan as the primary play-caller, meaning DeBoer would have to hire a tight ends coach and an offensive line coach.
One thing about DeBoer, he moves quickly in these job-filling scenarios, as does his boss Greg Byrne. Byrne told Alabama players he'd have a head coach in 72 hours after Nick Saban announced his retirement. don't be shocked if DeBoer doesn't have a similar timeline with spring practice set to get underway on March 4.
We will keep you posted online and on-air as these stories develop.
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