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Nick Saban Is Reportedly Hiring A Rival SEC Assistant Coach

alabama head coach nick saban at the national title game

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nick Saban has had to retool his entire coaching staff this offseason as a number of assistants took jobs elsewhere. His latest reported hire comes from another SEC West program.

According to

Source tells FootballScoop Nick Saban is hiring Brian Baker away from Mississippi State’s staff

— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 27, 2019

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a new report from FootballScoop, Saban is bringing defensive line coach Brian Baker over from Mississippi State. Baker has been with the Bulldogs the last three seasons. In addition to his recent work at Mississippi State, Baker also boasts a wealth of coaching experience at the NFL level. He is slated to replace Craig Kuligowski as the Crimson Tide defensive line coach. first reported news of Kuligowski's departure on Saturday, and mentioned Baker as a potential replacement. Kuligowski joins Dan Enos (Miami), Josh Gattis (Michigan), Brent Key (Georgia Tech), Mike Locksley (Maryland) and Tosh Lupoi (Cleveland Browns) in leaving Alabama this offseason.

Saban has already hired former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood as his new offensive line coach. Steve Sarkisian is slated to return to Tuscaloosa and take over as offensive coordinator.

This is a large amount of staff turnover to deal with, but Saban has had Alabama rolling as a machine for a decade now. He should be able to handle it.