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Deion Sanders targeting an Alabama defensive assistant to join him at Colorado

Alabama associate defensive coordinator/safeties coach Charles Kelly during 2022 spring practice
Photo by Rodger Champion of Alabama Athletics

Coach Deion “Prime” Sanders has made the move to the Pac-12.

He accepted the head coaching for the University of Colorado, leaving Jackson State University. According to a report from Football Scoop, Sanders is targeting an Alabama defensive assistant to join him as a coordinator. Charles Kelly, 55, is the name Sanders wants. Kelly serves as an associate defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Alabama under Nick Saban. As an Alabama native, Kelly has been with the Crimson Tide since 2019. The Florida State connection is the reason why Sanders is pursuing Kelly. Sanders played at FSU while Kelly served as a defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and special teams coordinator from 2013 to 2017. Kelly was on Jimbo Fisher’s 2013 BCS National Championship staff as a linebackers coach.

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He assisted the Tide to two Southeastern Conference Championships (2020 and 2021) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020, but Kelly could be on the move. We should expect to see some coaching changes made this offseason for Alabama, especially with the team not winning an SEC Championship and not in the College Football Playoff.

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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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