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Alabama OC Bill O’Brien reportedly high on Nebraska’s coaching search list

Alabama RB Emmanuel Henderson (#24) next to OC Bill O'Brien in 2022 Fall Camp Practice
Photo by Kent Gidley

Scott Frost was the first victim of the 2022 college football season as he was relieved of his duties from Nebraska following its loss to Georgia Southern.

Now 10 days later, the Huskers’ coaching search is beginning to rally names together to see who will be the next in line to take over the program.

There’s still a ton of time between now and when a decision must be made, but the athletic department has a few names at the top of its coaching list with one being Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

It was reported by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, that O’Brien is one of three coaches at the top of the program’s wish list.

Along with O’Brien, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Kansas head coach Lance Leipold were also named in the report.

O’Brien joined the Crimson Tide in 2021 where he was able to produce two 1,000-yard receivers and aid quarterback Bryce Young in becoming the first Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in program history.

Following the team’s national championship loss to Georgia, O’Brien was linked to several NFL coaching positions that included the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching position and a reunion with the New England Patriots as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Despite a heavy NFL background, O’Brien has experience at the college level where he served as the head coach of Penn State for two seasons while leading the program following scandal before ultimately going back to professional football with the Houston Texans.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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