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Report: Alabama Expected To Hire Mike Locksley As Offensive Coordinator

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama is reportedly promoting Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator.

It looks like the Crimson Tide will promote from within for their vacant offensive coordinator role.

Co-offensive coordinator/wide receiver Mike Locksley will be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to Football Scoop. Locksley has been the OC at Illinois and Maryland in the past.

The 48-year-old Locksley will be Alabama's fourth offensive coordinator since the 2016 season. Lane Kiffin held the position through the semifinals of the 2016 College Football Playoff before he left the staff and Steve Sarkisian took over.

Sark called the plays for the title game loss to Clemson, but then he bolted for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Brian Daboll took over the reins in Tuscaloosa this season, but now he is off to be the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.

Which leads us to Locksley. In addition to his prior stints as a coordinator, he has been a head coach before at New Mexico from 2009-11. He's well-respected for his recruiting and coaching acumen.

Additionally, multiple Alabama players endorsed Locksley as the offensive coordinator after Daboll left. That can't hurt.

Running backs Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs were two of the players to go to bad for Locksley.

If Locksley does indeed get this job, where does that leave Hugh Freeze? Well, the former Ole Miss coach could still join Nick Saban's staff in another capacity, if SEC commissioner Greg Sankey allows it.

Locksley doesn't fit the mold of Saban's recent OC hires. Usually, the head coach has targeted people from outside of his staff. Kiffin and Daboll were outside hires, as were Doug Nussmeier and Jim McElwain, as ESPN's Alex Scarborough notes.

He's quite familiar with the returning personnel, however. He was the position coach for wide receivers Jerry Jeudy, Devonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III this season, and knows all about running backs Damien Harris, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs. There's also Tua Tagovailoa and possibly Jalen Hurts returning at QB.

A lot of talent to work with for any OC.