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Report: Miami DL Coach Craig Kuligowski Is Leaving, Could End Up At Alabama

A look at the sky during a Miami-Syracuse game.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami football's loss could be Alabama's gain.

Miami announced tonight that respected defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski is leaving the Hurricanes to "pursue other opportunities." According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, there's a strong chance Kuligowski ends up in Tuscaloosa.

Kuligowski has coached at Miami for the last two seasons and reportedly interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coaching position, which ultimately went to Brentson Buckner.

Known as "Coach Kool," Kuligowski coached for more than 20 years alongside Gary Pinkel, first at Toledo and then at Missouri. It is with the Tigers where his reputation took off. At Missouri, Kuligowski tutored a laundry list of accomplished defensive linemen, including Shane Ray, Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy, Ziggy Hood and Michael Sam. Four of those players (Hood, Ray, Richardson and Smith) were first-round NFL Draft picks. Kuligowski has a connection to Saban. Per Feldman, he played for Saban during his one year as Toledo's head coach in 1990.

Kuligowski helped Miami win 19 games in his two seasons in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes also won the 2017 ACC Coastal Division Championship.

We'll update you if Kuligowski is ultimately hired by Saban.