Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Alabama promotes Mike Locksley to OC, adds two more coaches

Alabama promotes Mike Locksley to OC, adds two more coaches

Alabama is expected to make current assistant Mike Locksley its offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports, but that doesn't mean former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze won't be on the Crimson Tide staff.

It appears Nick Saban has found his replacement for former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

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Locksley's promotion provides Alabama some much-needed stability entering an offseason where both Hurts and true freshman backup Tua Tagovailoa are viewed by many as quality starting quarterbacks following Tagovailoa's heroic display in the second half of this season's national championship game.

Locksley is no stranger to the Tide as the 48-year-old has been at Alabama since 2016 and was the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach this past season. Daboll spent just one year with the Crimson Tide, marking his first time in the collegiate ranks since serving as a graduate assistant for Michigan State for two years from 1998 to 1999. He then served as a co-offensive coordinator alongside of Daboll this past season and also held the position of wide receivers coach. Sources said the plan is for him to also coach the Crimson Tide's quarterbacks. Before coaching at Maryland, Locksley was the head coach of New Mexico from 2009-11.

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