Doug Marrone didn’t have to wait long for his next coaching opportunity. Fired as Jaguars head coach after Week 17, Marrone is reportedly headed to Tuscaloosa, where he’ll serve as Nick Saban’s offensive line coach at the University of Alabama. This will be Marrone’s first college assignment since his four-year stint as the head coach at his alma mater Syracuse from 2009-12. Alabama’s previous O line coach, Kyle Flood, was recently hired as Steve Sarkisian’s offensive coordinator at Texas.
A former offensive lineman himself, Marrone joins a star-studded Alabama staff featuring Saban—fresh off his record seventh national title—and former Texans coach Bill O’Brien, who replaces Sarkisian as OC. Marrone and O’Brien previously worked together as assistants under George O’Leary at Georgia Tech.
As Marrone leaves the NFL for another go-round at the college level, the role he vacated in Jacksonville now belongs to Urban Meyer, a three-time college national champ at Florida and Ohio State. Marrone’s Jacksonville tenure produced only one winning season, though the Jags are well-equipped for a rebuild with the top pick in April’s draft (Trevor Lawrence is a near guarantee to go No. 1) and a league-high $73 million in cap space.