Alabama in talks with Irish OC Rees

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(AP) -- Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees has spoken with Alabama coach Nick Saban about filling a vacancy on the Crimson Tide's coaching staff and was scheduled to be in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because Saban and Alabama were not making details about their search for a replacement for offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien public. ESPN first reported the talks between Saban and Rees.

O'Brien spent the last two seasons directing the Crimson's Tide offense and coaching quarterbacks. The former Houston Texans head coach left last month to join Patriots coach Bill Belichick in New England as offensive coordinator. O'Brien was a New England assistant before becoming Penn State head coach in 2012.

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