Alabama’s Nick Saban has hired an assistant coach away from an SEC rival – but, no, it’s not Brad Lawing.
Bringing on Lawing would have created much less of a stir.
Alabama announced Wednesday that Auburn linebackers coach James Willis has switched sides in the state rivalry. The former Tigers player, the lone holdover from Tommy Tuberville’s staff, fills the second of two vacancies on Saban’s staff.
Here’s a link to the Birmingham News’ Ian Rapoport’s blog on the hire, which includes the Alabama release.
Lawing, who worked under Saban at Michigan State, had informal discussions with Alabama about one of the defensive positions, presumably D-line.
Lawing is staying put, but the Gamecocks are still waiting to see what happens with special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Ray Rychleski.
Rychleski interviewed for the special teams job with new Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell, who had Rychleski on his Wake Forest staff for eight seasons. The two have known each other since 1991.
Early in the week it looked like Rychleski was a lock for the job. But I’m hearing that Caldwell interviewed another coach, possibly a minority candidate, this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Rychleski should learn Indy’s decision this week. Considering he’s already lost five assistants this offseason, Steve Spurrier would probably prefer not having to hire another coach before Signing Day.