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How Alabama’s defensive coaching staff potentially could look next season

Nick Saban walks the practice field
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Nick Saban is changing his coaching staff at the University of Alabama.

After watching Kirby Smart deliver the University of Georgia to back-to-back College Football Playoff National Championships, Saban knows change is needed. Several Tide fans and former players share the sentiment of athletes playing to the personality of their coach. Pete Golding (defensive coordinator) and Bill O’Brien (offensive coordinator) offered good things in some areas, but neither had their side of the ball playing to its full potential. Golding has departed to Ole Miss to join Lane Kiffin, and now Alabama fans are awaiting a departure from O’Brien. 

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Close sources shared with Touchdown Alabama Magazine about how the Crimson Tide’s defensive coaching staff could look like for spring practice and next season.

The projection is below.

Glenn Schumann, D. Coordinator

What I am hearing from sources is Glenn Schumann of Georgia is expected to return to Alabama as a defensive coordinator.

He is the top name on Saban’s list, especially with his exceptional abilities to recruit, coach, and develop players.

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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 10+ 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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