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Instant Reaction: Freddie Roach returns to Alabama, Pete Golding may be retained

Some good information is swirling around the University of Alabama football program this offseason, and it begins with the return of a former player. Reports surfaced on social media over the weekend about Freddie Roach being a visitor on campus and meeting with Nick Saban. 

After transitioning Brian Baker to an off-field role, a spot on the coaching staff opened and Roach showed interested in wanting the job. Upon an official announcement from Saban, the Alabama native will serve as defensive line coach. He played inside linebacker for the Crimson Tide from 2002-05 and twice served on Saban’s staff from 2008-10 and then from 2015-16. 

As an assistant strength coach and director of player development, Roach was part of three Southeastern Conference Championships and two national championships. 

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He coached defensive linemen at East Mississippi Community College, Murray State, South Alabama and Ole Miss, prior to his decision to rejoin the Tide. With the talent it returns to its roster Roach has much to work with. 

While much excitement surrounds Roach, another report has Alabama retaining Pete Golding at defensive coordinator.

Despite the defense not having a stellar year, injuries played a significant role and Saban likes to take all things into account. Under Golding, improvements were made from a few freshmen – including Christian Harris, Christian Barmore, Byron Young, Justin Eboigbe and Jordan Battle. Shane Lee had some good moments, but needs to continue gaining confidence in what he’s doing. 

Overall, one would be hard-pressed to say that the entire defensive performance was Golding’s fault.

He should be a lot better with a healthy roster, but we’ll see what happens. 

In this segment of Instant Analysis, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine discusses the return of Roach to the Tide and should Golding deserve a second chance at coordinator. 

Freddie Roach back at Alabama (+Should Pete Golding get a second chance?)

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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.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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