Alabama’s Coaching Staff Continues To Take Massive Hits

The Alabama football program takes hits all the time. Whether it’s player or coaching turnover, the Crimson Tide deals with it almost every single year. It seems like it’s a lot more drastic this year, though.

On Saturday, it was revealed by Bruce Feldman with The Athletic that associate head coach Charles Huff was leaving Tuscaloosa. He is set to become the new head coach for the Marshall Thundering Herd.

This is yet another significant loss for the Crimson Tide, as Huff was the nation’s No. 1 recruiter.

It isn’t just the loss of Huff, though.

Alabama has been taking some several hits with its coaching staff ever since offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian agreed to take over the Texas program. Just look at the list of coaches departing from Tuscaloosa.

  • Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian (Texas HC)
  • Offensive line coach Kyle Flood (Texas OL)
  • Special teams coordinator/tight end coach Jeff Banks (Texas ST/TE)
  • Associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff (Marshall HC)
  • Assistant to the head coach Butch Jones (Arkansas State HC)
  • Defensive analyst Charlie Strong (Jacksonville Jaguars LB)
  • Offensive analyst Major Applewhite (South Alabama OC)
  • Offensive analyst Rob Ezell (South Alabama TE)
  • Offensive analyst A.J. Milwee (Arkansas State OC)

There is also a possibility that Charles Kelly, Karl Scott or Mike Stoops could head to Missouri. Defensive coordinator Pete Golding has been linked to Texas, and wide receivers coach Holman Wiggins could leave as well.

That isn’t your typical coaching turnover. That’s almost an entirely new staff. In addition, there are significant losses on the offensive side of the football for Alabama.

  • QB: Mac Jones
  • RB: Najee Harris
  • WR: DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle
  • OL: Alex Leatherwood, Deonte Brown, Landon Dickerson

All seven of those guys should hear their names called on Day 1 or 2 of the upcoming NFL draft in April. Three of the top five Heisman finalists are gone, and that can’t be overlooked.

If any team is prepared to withstand those kind of losses to the coaching staff and roster, it is obviously Alabama. The Tide has been through similar before, but it feels like things have gone to a new level following Nick Saban’s sixth national title with the school.

Don’t expect a LSU post-2019 type of drop off, but also don’t be surprised if there are some growing pains early next season. It will take some time to break in an entirely new offense and coaching staff. But at least the defense is returning most of its key starters from 2020.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Saban once said that he would have to start from scratch if he went back to the NFL. i am paraphrasing of course. Butt – Bama may be starting 2021 from almost scratch and the Miami dophins have Tua and many draft picks.

    just sayin … and … Surmising and Pondering …

  2. Moving up to the NFL or to a HC position I could understand. Other than that, why are coaches making lateral moves to much lesser teams? Surely, Alabama pays well, and you are probably guaranteed a ring about every other year. Why move laterally?

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