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Alabama staff assistant possibly heading back to NFL soon

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He spent four seasons at the University of Alabama as the director of football operations and served as running backs coach in 2018, but it appears as though Joe Pannunzio may potentially be on the move in the near future. 

According to a report from, the 59-year-old is considering a return to the National Football League and it may be with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was the director of player operations for the Eagles from 2015-16, before rejoining the Crimson Tide in 2017. 

While he coached tight ends and special teams for the Tide in 2017, Pannunzio balanced the production of its back last season. The trio of Damien Harris, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs all totaled 500+ yards rushing, with the elder Harris leading the way at 876 yards and nine scores. 

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He was a part of three national championships at Alabama and has experience in developing tight ends, offensive linemen and specialists during his stops at Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, Auburn University and University of Miami from 1990-10.

Pannunzio was a head coach for six years at Murray State from 2000-05. In moving him to an off-field role, Alabama recently hired Charles Huff from Mississippi State to coach running backs.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith

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