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Alabama Is Reportedly Adding Another Prominent Coach To Staff

A closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama has become a haven for coaches looking to rehabilitate their careers after they have been fired. That tradition has continued this offseason.

According to USA Today's George Schroeder, Nick Saban is expected to hire former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops in an on-field role. The nature of that role is unspecified.

Stoops was Oklahoma's defensive coordinator from 1999-03 and 2012-18. He was fired by Lincoln Riley in the middle of this season as the Sooners' defense faltered.

From 2004-11, Stoops was the head coach of Arizona. He compiled a 41-50 overall record and reached three bowl games.

In recent seasons, Saban has hired a slew of former head coaches to his staff. Steve Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin, Mike Locksley and Butch Jones have all served under Saban, with Jones still on staff at this moment and Sarkisian rejoining the Crimson Tide after a stint in the NFL.

This month, Saban also hired former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood as the team's new offensive line coach. Flood led the Rutgers program from 2012-15 before being fired and spent the last two seasons with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

Saban has spent January retooling his staff after a number of assistants left to take jobs elsewhere.