ESPN's Chris Low tweeted out that Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees is the 'emerging top target' to become Alabama's next offensive coordinator. He is currently scheduled to be on campus on Thursday, according to Low.
This comes three days after Alabama had reportedly interviewed Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb who later turned down the opportunity. It is no surprise that Alabama has moved in a different direction this quickly. After all, it was rumored that Alabama would be losing former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to the NFL.
Rees spent four seasons as the quarterback at Notre Dame and played under head coach Brian Kelly. Following his playing career, he went into coaching. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northwestern in 2015. In 2016, he was hired as an offensive assistant by the San Diego Chargers.
Following that season, he would return to South Bend to be Notre Dame's quarterback coach for three years. In 2020, he became the Fighting Irish's offensive coordinator while also serving as the team's quarterback coach.
The Fighting Irish's offense averaged just under 400 yards a game and 32 points a game. Rees was also a large reason for Notre Dame's success en route to their College Football Playoff appearance in 2020.
Rees is just 30-years old and has valuable coaching experience up to this point. It will be interesting to see if Alabama decides to follow through with hiring Rees or not. At this point, it seems like he is the favorite to replace O'Brien in Tuscaloosa.
Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow news in regards to Alabama's next coordinator positions and any news surrounding the football program.
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