Report: Notre Dame offensive coordinator rejects overtures from Alabama

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban talking to a reporter. By Crassic (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons

In an offseason noted more for who’s leaving than who’s staying, Notre Dame’s offensive guru isn’t going anywhere.

According to reports out of both South Bend and Alabama, Offensive Coordinator Chip Long was coveted by Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. Irish Illustrated reports that Saban made “multiple runs” at Long, who is from Alabama.

However, Long stated he wanted to stay at Notre Dame and continue to build up the program, also stating he loves the young talent already in or en route to South Bend.

Had Long gone to Alabama, it would have been the second time the SEC poached an Irish coordinator, with Texas A&M spending big bucks to lure defensive coordinator Mike Elko to the Aggies.

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