Third-year sophomore linebacker Adrian Hubbard said Alabama’s defensive identity will be defined by hard work. But what exactly is the Tide’s defensive identity?
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – When Lance Thompson left Alabama’s football coaching staff after the 2008 season to go to Tennessee, he was replaced by Sal Sunseri. Now Thompson is returning to Alabama to replace Sunseri, according to a source with knowledge of Alabama’s search.
TUSCALOOSA – University of Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Jim McElwain in the same role for the University of Alabama, and could be named as early as this week, a source close to the situation told Tidesports.com Sunday. Meanwhile, University of Tennessee assistant coach Lance Thompson has told acquaintances he will join the Alabama staff as the replacement for departed linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, according to a source.
Last year, Alabama Assistant Coach Sal Sunseri spoke to a Red Elephant Club, where he was introduced as “Vinnie Sunseri’s father.” Sal won’t have to carry that burden in his next position.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – What kind of impact will Sal Sunseri’s move to become Tennessee’s defensive coordinator have on recruiting? Long term, it’s hard to say. But when it comes to the 2012 signing class, Scout.com recruiting analyst Andrew Bone says it’s not a concern. “I don’t think it will have any impact on this current recruiting class,” Bone said. “A lot of these guys have great relationships with Sal Sunseri. But they chose Alabama because of Nick Saban, and the championships.”
With the Tennessee Volunteers hiring former Alabama linebackers coach Sal Suneri on Friday to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position, the Crimson Tide will be looking to replace one of their most valued assistant coaches and one of the top recruiters on Nick Saban’s staff. Sunseri was named the 2011 National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports.com after helping the Tide ink the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class and has earned praise nationally for his work in helping develop outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw into a projected first-round draft pick.
Sunseri interviewed for the position earlier this week. He was back in Tuscaloosa on Thursday when three UA underclassmen declared early eligibility for the NFL Draft. Sunseri’s hire would replace former Tennessee assistant coach Justin Wilcox. His departure would create a second vacancy on the Alabama staff, along with the offensive coordinator role. UA coach Nick Saban is reportedly interviewing former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Dirk Koetter, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, among others, for the offensive coordinator role.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a press release “Sal is an outstanding coach and really did an excellent job with each and every responsibility he had while he was here at the University of Alabama. Although we hate to see Sal go, we understand this is an opportunity for him to grow in this profession and take on the role of defensive coordinator. We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we’ve had at Alabama.” WNML’s Jimmy Hyams reports via Twitter that Sunseri’s deal is worth $700,000 to $800,000 annually for 2 to 3 years. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the deal is worth $2.4 million over the course of three years.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Reports indicate Alabama assistant Sal Sunseri will interview today for the vacant defensive coordinator position at Tennessee. The job became available after Justin Wilcox made a lateral move Jan. 2 to Washington. The Crimson Tide returned to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday after its 21-0 win over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game to secure the school’s 14th national title.
The LSU offense reacts to what went wrong on Monday night.
LSU is indeed one of the best one of the best teams in recent college football history; but the Tigers were not the best team on the field at the BCS Championship game on Jan. 9.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama’s star-studded defense leads the nation in all of the major statistical categories, but not a single star won an individual postseason award. Middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower was among several members of the defense who was a finalist for awards, and he admits he was disappointed that the Crimson Tide was shut out.
Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square was asked about it Thursday. “That is very surprising,” Square said. “I think he had it misunderstood. I think Santa Claus was scared of him.”