Alabama is already working on a replacement for defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt, who is reportedly leaving the program to become the new defensive coordinator at Florida State. Tennessee’s safeties coach Josh Conklin and cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley, and Utah State’s Bill Busch have been approached by Alabama, with Conklin and Busch having already interviewed this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Some coaching staffs lose the reigning national recruiter of the year in December, and some fans bases might waver between worry and panic. Alabama loses Jeremy Pruitt to Florida State – a year after Pruitt helped land his biggest fish in T.J. Yeldon – and Crimson Tide fans respond matter-of-factly in unison. Next. They’ve learned something in the six years that Nick Saban has been the Alabama head coach. Continuity on a coaching staff can be highly overrated.
Gus Malzahn was hired as Auburn’s new head coach Wednesday evening. So what’s to become of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who was reportedly the Tigers leading candidate? He’s staying put in Tuscaloosa. For now, at least.
The period from 1995 to 1997 was something of a search for Mel Tucker, but he didn’t know quite what he was looking for. He had just earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin, a triumphant finish to a college football career that had been hindered by injuries. But after a short stint in the Canadian Football League, he was sure of one thing: Playing football wasn’t the long-term answer. He tried sales. He tried teaching. Finally, he tried Nick Saban.
Pete Jenkins couldn’t bring himself to watch. It’s not easy to find a bigger fan of both LSU and Nick Saban than Jenkins. In a 45-year career, over 11 coaching stops, he was at LSU longer than anywhere by far. “I bleed purple and gold,” he said.
The power of staying: Kirby Smart thankful for stability as he heads into 5th season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator
Before he landed at Alabama, Kirby Smart’s path toward becoming one of the hottest names among college football assistant coaches was filled with cardboard boxes and change-of-address forms. Starting with a graduate assistant position at his alma mater Georgia in 1999 and ending with a job coaching safeties with the Miami Dolphins in 2006, Smart held six different jobs over the first eight years of his career. Though he was primarily stationed in the Southeast and crossed the Mississippi River just once, the instability wore on him. “It’s hard to do in our profession,” Smart said Sunday during the only interview he will conduct this season.
New Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier calls Alabama "a wonderful, wonderful place" and goes to work trying to make a good system better.
Sons of two former Alabama defensive backs will be graduate assistant coaches for the Crimson Tide this season. Tim Castille, a former Alabama fullback (2003-06), is back at his alma mater after three seasons in the NFL. He is the son of former Alabama All-American Jeremiah Castille, who went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos.
Dick Booth, who recently finished his first year as an Alabama track and field assistant coach, has been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame. Booth, whose coaching career has spanned nearly 40 years, and five other members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined in December during the organization’s annual convention.
Justin Smiley always played with a mean streak that embodied what Nick Saban wants everyman lineman to try and accomplish, “Just make their ass quit”. That “Sabanism” was embodied in Smiley even before he knew Nick Saban. Now he’s come home, after ending his six-year NFL career, to teach that mantra firsthand to a new group of linemen as a student assistant coach at Alabama. Nick Saban says it will be great to have another coach on hand with such recent NFL experience that the players can relate to.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Former Alabama assistant coach and Auburn head coach Pat Dye addressed the media prior to kickoff of Alabama’s game against North Texas tonight. Dye, who served as linebackers coach under Bear Bryant, is at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 40-year reunion of the 1971 Alabama team. “I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve been over here,” Dye said. “My first reaction was just to stay at home and watch it on television, but I got to thinking about it. You know, I haven’t been back to Tuscaloosa in, say, 30 years and I’d like to go back and see all those guys I coached in the 60s and 70s.”