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Georgia Tech identifies top head coaching option, and it’s not Bill O’Brien

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The head coaching vacancies for college football are quickly closing.

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Georgia Tech was one of the options for Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien. Several reports had him rumored as the primary candidate for the job, but things have now changed. According to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Yellow Jackets have zeroed in on Tulane’s Willie Fritz as its new head coach. A deal is in place for Fritz to take the Georgia Tech job and all signs indicate he will take it. Talks about O’Brien becoming the Yellow Jackets’ head coach have cooled.

Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports that O’Brien is considering NFL options. The 53-year-old was an assistant for the New England Patriots from 2007 to 2011. O’Brien became the head coach of the Houston Texans in 2014 and stayed until 2020.

He helped the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship in 2021 while assisting Nick Saban in crowing his first Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (Bryce Young). O’Brien coached Alabama’s offense to 40.8 points per game this season.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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