Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees Is Top Candidate For Alabama Offensive Coordinator Job

Written by Tony Ghaul

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has emerged as Nick Saban’s top target to be Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

Rees has served as the Fighting Irish’s offensive coordinator since 2020 and as their quarterbacks coach since 2017. If hired, Rees would take over for former Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who returned to the NFL with the New England Patriots.

Rees is scheduled to meet with Saban in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday to discuss the opening, as per Brandon Marcello.

“Rees has had discussions with Nick Saban and is scheduled to be on campus Thursday, sources tell ESPN,” Low wrote on Twitter. “Saban is looking to replace Bill O’Brien, who left for the Patriots’ OC job.”

Rees played QB for Notre Dame from 2010 through 2013 and signed with the Washington Commanders as an undrafted free agent but never appeared in an NFL game and soon moved to coaching.

The Notre Dame QB started his coaching career at Northwestern as a graduate assistant in 2015. He then spent the 2016 season as an offensive assistant for the then-San Diego Chargers before joining his alma mater as QB coach in 2017.

Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly originally hired Rees, who stayed on staff after Marcus Freeman moved from defensive coordinator to head coach when Kelly left for LSU.

Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees. Photo courtsey of Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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