The Alabama coaching staff has been ravaged by other college football programs in the weeks following the Crimson Tide’s title game loss to Clemson.
Former offensive coordinator Mike Locksley left to become the head coach at Maryland and his presumptive replacement, Dan Enos, left to take the offensive coordinator role at Miami alongside Manny Diaz.
Not long after, Alabama’s defensive coordinator Josh Lupoi took a job with the Cleveland Browns as the team’s defensive line coach.
With assistants fleeing the Crimson Tide program, Nick Saban finally responded with a key coaching hire. According to college football insider Cecil Hurt, Saban is set to hire Sal Sunseri to the Alabama staff.
Will be interesting to see how Sal Sunseri (a good hire) fits into an Alabama defensive staff that doesn’t technically have a DL opening (yet) and might be looking to add a coach after spring practice.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) January 18, 2019
Sunseri has floated around the country as a defensive assistant for several teams. He spent three seasons with the Crimson Tide as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach from 2009-2011.
He most recently coached for the Florida Gators where he was the team’s defensive line coach in 2018. Now, he’ll head to the SEC West and coach for the Tide.
It’s a big hire for Saban and stops the bleeding as his top assistants left for other programs. Saban is used to changes among his coaching staff and this year is now exception.