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Alabama has found its new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. According to Tony Tsoukalas with BamaInsider, the Crimson Tide is hiring Drew Svoboda away from Memphis after he spent less than three months at that job.
Prior to joining the Tigers back in January, Svoboda had spent three seasons at Rice. He started off as a running backs coach in 2018 before making the move to special teams the following season. He is also a former Texas high school football coach.
The move to hire Svoboda comes after Alabama suddenly lost a new hire of its own. After spending time as the running backs coach at Tennessee, Jay Graham was brought in to take over for the departing Jeff Banks. Less than two months later, Graham resigned due to what he described as “mental health issues.”
It’s good that Nick Saban was able to get this move out of the way now. It would have been a lot more difficult to make this decision during the summer or fall camp. Now the Tide have their new guy in place while spring practice is still going on.
Svoboda has a reputation for putting together quality special teams units. Hopefully he’ll be able to do the same in Tuscaloosa.
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