MOBILE, Ala. — Alabama football’s offensive coaching staff will have two new faces in prominent positions next season.
While he coached the national championship game, new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be in his first season as the Crimson Tide’s playcaller.
Mario Cristobal left his post as Alabama’s tight ends and offensive tackles coach to become the co-offensive coordinator at Oregon.
Nick Saban replaced Cristobal with Mike Locksley, who served as an analyst on Alabama’s staff this past season. Locksley is considered as one of the top recruiters and offensive minds in the country.
Locksley previously served as the interim head coach at Maryland for the final six games of the 2015 season.
Prior to that, Locksley served as Maryland’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012-15. Locksley was the head coach at New Mexico from 2009-11.
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported last week that Locksley would be promoted to co-offensive coordinator, and that he would assist Sarkisian going forward.
Saban wasn’t ready to say which position Locksley will coach or give any specifics about his role.
“Mike Locksley is a coach on our staff right now. We’re really happy to have him,” Saban said Tuesday. “When we get all the changes that we’re going to make on the staff worked out, we’ll make an announcement about who’s going to coach what and where.”
Alabama’s coaching staff appears to be set for next season. All the coaches are recruiting and some have been spotted on the trail visiting the top prospects across the country.
Saban doesn’t foresee any other coaching staff changes this offseason.
“Not really. I mean I never know what other guys are going to do,” Saban said. “I’m happy with the staff that we have. They’ve done a really good job for us. We were pleased with Mario (Cristobal) and the job that he did for us. Mike Locksley is a great addition to our staff. We’re pleased with the people that we have, but you never know what their goals and aspirations are when recruiting is over.”