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Oklahoma special teams analyst expected to leave Sooners to join Alabama’s coaching staff

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Has the University of Alabama officially found a special teams coordinator?

It was the lone coaching position we did not receive consistent news about; however, information came on Monday about a former Big 12 assistant leaving his program to join Kalen DeBoer’s staff for the Crimson Tide. Parker Thune, who covers the Oklahoma Sooners for Rivals, reported that Jay Nunez is leaving Oklahoma to be Alabama’s special teams coordinator.

Nunez was a special teams analyst for the Sooners in 2022 and 2023.

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Before arriving in the Big 12, he served as a special teams coach, assistant head coach, defensive tackles coach, co-recruiting coordinator, and tight ends coach at Eastern Michigan University from 2017 to 2021. Nunez operated special teams at Southern Illinois University in 2016 and was a quality control assistant for special teams at the University of Minnesota from 2011 to 2015.

He has had success at each coaching stop, but it will be interesting to see what Nunez does for the Tide.

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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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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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