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|January 13, 2014||Alabama hires Bo Davis as defensive line coach (report)|
|January 12, 2014||Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri to enter NFL Draft (report)|
|January 12, 2014||The Lane Kiffin effect: What the new offensive coordinator will mean to Alabama|
|January 11, 2014||Alabama defensive line coach headed to Texas (reports)|
|January 10, 2014||Alabama hires Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator|
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|January 09, 2014||Nick Saban comments on Michigan hiring Doug Nussmeier|
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama has found its new defensive line coach in a familiar face.
Bo Davis will replace Chris Rumph as the Crimson Tide’s next defensive line coach.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise as Davis accepted the same position at Southern California last Tuesday.
USC’s athletic department’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Monday.
“USC head coach Steve Sarkisian confirms that DL coach Bo Davis has accepted a similar position at Alabama,” the account posted.
Bamaonline.com first reported the story.
A current Alabama verbal pledge was also surprised by the news.
“Confused right now? Coach Davis just talked to me at USC 2 days ago,” Tide 2014 defensive line commit Josh Frazier said in a Twitter post.
This is the second straight season Tide coach Nick Saban has hired a coach away from a school that had just hired the respective coach. Last year, Saban hired Billy Napier (wide receivers coach) from Florida State and Mario Cristobal (offensive line coach) from Miami (Fla.).
Davis, 42, previously coached at Alabama from 2007-2011 before leaving for Texas in 2011. He was apart of the Tide's 2010 BCS National Championship team. He spent the past three seasons in Austin. Davis made a salary of $356,000 in Texas in 2013.
The 2014 season will be the ninth Davis has worked under Tide coach Nick Saban. He has worked with Saban at Alabama, LSU and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.
Davis was one of Saban’s original assistant coaches in 2007. During his time at Alabama, he is credited with helping develop Terrence Cody, Josh Chapman, Marcell Dareus and Brandon Deaderick, all of which are in the NFL.
Davis played his college ball at LSU in the early 1990s.This is the Tide’s second coaching chance since the Sugar Bowl. Along with Davis, Lane Kiffin joined the staff as offensive coordinator to replace Doug Nussmeier.
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama has hired Lane Kiffin as its new offensive coordinator, according to a news release from the school.
Kiffin, a former head coach at Tennessee and Southern California, will serve as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
He will replace Doug Nussmeier, who recently accepted the same position at Michigan. Nussmeier served as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013.
“We are excited to have Lane join our staff,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in the release. “He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called.
"He coaches with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, and also does an excellent job as a teacher. Lane will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and we look forward to him and his family joining us at the University of Alabama.”
Kiffin spent the last 3½ seasons as the head coach at USC, where he compiled a 28-15 record. He was fired five games into the 2013 season after going 3-2, including 0-2 in the Pac-12 Conference.
He led the Trojans to a 10-2 record in 2011 and a sixth-place finish in the final Associated Press poll. His 2011 USC offense produced a 3,500-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. Before Kiffin’s arrival, the Trojans were averaging 26.5 points a game in scoring offense and 389.1 yards a game in total offense. In his first two seasons, those numbers increased to 31.0/431.5 in 2011 and 35.8/456.8 in 2012.
Saban invited Kiffin to Tuscaloosa in December to evaluate the Crimson Tide's offense as Alabama went through workouts for the Sugar Bowl.
“We want to thank the University of Alabama and Coach Saban for this tremendous opportunity, and we feel humbled and honored to be a part of the Crimson Tide family,” Kiffin said in a release. “I’ve always had the utmost respect for what Coach Saban has done with his programs. Having the unique opportunity to be here last month, I was able to meet some of the great players and the great people in the organization, and I’m very excited to start working with them.
"We’ve seen the passion and support of the Alabama fans firsthand, and when that’s combined with the storied history and tradition of the program, this is a very special place to coach.”
Kiffin served as the head coach at Tennessee in 2009, leading the Volunteers to a second-place finish in the SEC East and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Vols' offense jumped at least 34 places in every national statistical category over the 2008 figures.
Tennessee improved from 17.3 to 29.3 points a game while going from 268.8 to 383.5 yards a game in total offense. Kiffin came to Tennessee from the Oakland Raiders, where he served as head coach for 20 games from 2007-08. He was fired four games into the 2008 season.
Before his first head coaching job, Kiffin spent six years as an assistant coach for Pete Carroll at Southern California, including two years as the offensive coordinator (2005-06). During his first tenure with the Trojans, USC captured two national championships and compiled a 65-12 record. Kiffin was promoted to passing game coordinator in 2004 and helped Matt Leinart win the Heisman Trophy as he passed for 3,322 yards with 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
He took over as USC’s offensive coordinator in 2005 and led the Trojans to a scoring average of 49.1 points a game and 579.8 yards a game of total offense during his two years in the position. Kiffin started at USC in 2001 as the tight ends coach and then coached the wide receivers during his remaining five years.
Kiffin graduated from Fresno State in 1998 and was a student assistant for the Bulldogs under Pat Hill in 1997-98. He moved on to Colorado State in 1999 as offensive line assistant. He spent the 2000 season as defensive quality control assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars under Tom Coughlin.
Kiffin and his wife, Layla, have two daughters (Landry and Presley) and one son (Knox).
According to the university, all such employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has officially accepted the same position at the University of Michigan.
While Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is in the middle of his search for a replacement, Saban said Nussmeier “did an outstanding job” during his time at Alabama.
“He is a bright coach who works hard and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to work each and every day,” Saban said in a Michigan release. “Our production and balance the last two years has been very good and he also brought a lot to the table in terms of coaching the quarterbacks.
“AJ (McCarron) had one of the best seasons and careers of any quarterback here, and that says a lot when you look at the history and tradition of that position at Alabama. We wish Doug and his family the best and appreciate all they did to help us be successful with the program at Alabama.”
After three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Washington, Nussmeier joined the Tide in 2012 and spent two seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama set records for rushing and passing touchdowns, total points scored and total offense during the 2012 national championship season.
“I am extremely excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Brady Hoke, the staff and players,” Nussmeier said in the UM release. “I'm proud of what we accomplished in two seasons at Alabama, and I owe a great deal to Coach Saban for that opportunity. Michigan is a program I've always had deep respect for, and I'm looking forward to getting started in Ann Arbor and being a part of the great tradition there.”
According to CBSSports.com, Nussmeier is expected to be among the five highest-paid coordinators in college football. Nussmeier made $680,000 at Alabama in 2013.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced the news on the team’s official website.
“Doug is a highly respected offensive coordinator and has earned a reputation as being a great mentor to quarterbacks, specifically, where he's coached Pro Bowlers, top NFL draft choices and Heisman Trophy finalists,” Hoke said in UM’s release. “Doug has been successful at every coaching stop with his balanced and explosive offenses, and he brings national championship experience. He is an excellent addition to our coaching staff and football program, and we are excited to have Doug, Christi and their children join the Michigan family.”