Jay Valai has held four different coaching positions with four different teams in the last 32 days — this time, he is likely heading to Alabama.
ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg tweeted Friday that Valai is joining Nick Saban’s staff as secondary coach and will take the place of Karl Scott, who left Alabama on Thursday to become Mike Zimmer’s secondary coach with the Vikings.
Valai coached at Texas in 2020 but said in January he would be leaving after a year to join the Houston Cougars’ staff as the secondary coach.
Valai thanked the Cougars’ football program on Twitter on Feb. 1 and posted a photo of the Eagles helmet later that day.
“I really appreciate and loved working this short period of time for Cougar Nation,” he said.
He has since left the Eagles after to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, and his Twitter account reflects the new position. .
After playing for Wisconsin, Valai began his coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs as a quality control assistant in 2018 — he then coached at Rutgers in 2019 before heading to Texas in 2020.
The move to Alabama marks Valai’s fourth job in just over a month and seventh since 2018.