Conflicting reports add to confusion regarding status of Alabama assistant coach

Crimson Tide wide receivers coach

The annual raid on University of Alabama football coaches hit a hiccup on Thursday with numerous reports regarding the future of assistant coach Josh Gattis. started it off by claiming that Gattis had been offered the offensive coordinator job at Maryland, and was expected to join Mike Locksley's staff.

However, that was quickly refuted by Bruce Feldman of Fox, who said his sources claimed the report was "not even close to accurate."

Gattis was out recruiting with Nick Saban on Thursday — which wouldn't be the case if he had accepted the position. His name has also been linked to the head coaching job at Appalachian State.

The assistant coach has the title of Alabama co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach. Gattis is likely being considered by Saban to fill Locksley's position as offensive coordinator, although no move is expected until after the College Football Playoff.

Locksley was named the the Terrapins' new head coach earlier this week. Like his predecessors, he's expected to finish the season as Alabama's offensive coordinator through the playoff.

Gattis is just finishing up his first season at Alabama after six with James Franklin, including four as the wide receivers and passing game coordinator at Penn State