Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long visited Alabama on Saturday to speak with coach Nick Saban about a position with the Crimson Tide, according to AL.com. This on the heels of Steve Sarkisian appearing to be headed back to Alabama where he was previously an offensive analyst and briefly a coordinator.
Sarkisian will be rejoining Saban’s staff, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN, though in what capacity he will serve upon his return remains unclear. He was reportedly in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday interviewing for the offensive coordinator position, according to the MMQB’s Albert Breer.
Regarding Long, AL.com reports that he “could join the staff in some capacity even if/when Sarkisian is hired as offensive coordinator.” Long, an Alabama native, has spent the past two seasons coaching the Fighting Irish offense.
Alabama is in the market its fourth offensive coordinator in as many years after Mike Locksley left to become the coach at Maryland and Dan Enos departed to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Miami. Alabama finished the 2018 season as one of college football‘s most prolific offenses with Heisman Trophy finalist Tua Tagovailoa leading the nation with a 199.44 passer rating, 3,966 yards passing and 43 touchdowns. Alabama fell to Clemson 44-16 in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Sarkisian was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons for the past two seasons. Previously, he was the coach at Washington from 2009-14 then at USC from 2014-15. After being let go by the Trojans early in the 2015 season, he joined Saban’s staff as an offensive analyst in 2016. When then-offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin left to become the coach at FAU, Sarkisian was promoted to offensive coordinator for that national championship against Clemson.