College Football

Ex-Texans coach O'Brien named 'Bama OC

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) National champion Alabama has hired former Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the hiring on Thursday. O'Brien is replacing Steve Sarkisian, who left to become head coach of the Texas Longhorns after the national championship game.

"He has a wealth of experience as both an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL and college," Saban said in a statement. "Bill is one of the brightest offensive minds in football, an outstanding teacher and excellent recruiter.

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