Report: Alabama loses 5th assistant as Lupoi joins Browns
Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is leaving to join the Cleveland Browns as a defensive line coach, a source told Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. Lupoi was named the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator in 2018, previously serving as the co-defensive coordinator in 2017. During his tenure at Alabama, Lupoi was lauded for his recruiting efforts and helped the Crimson Tide secure several highly-touted prospects. Lupoi becomes the fifth assistant coach to leave Nick Saban's staff this offseason.
Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is expected to join Alabama’s staff in an off-field position, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the move is not official.
Stoops becomes the latest in a line of prominent coaches to work with Nick Saban as part of the program’s support staff in a role as an analyst or consultant.
Stoops, the younger brother of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, was the Sooners’ defensive coordinator from 1999-2003, building dominant defenses as the Sooners won a BCS national championship and were among the nation’s elite programs. He was Arizona’s head coach from 2004-11, going 41-50, then returned to Oklahoma in 2012.
Saban’s 2016 coaching staff is now gone, and 2017’s is almost
Alabama coaches leaving has been a steady story for years, but this is another level.
But in his return, the Sooners’ defense never reached its former dominance. In recent seasons, defensive deficiencies derailed Oklahoma’s opportunities to win a national championship.
Stoops was fired last October by Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, a day after a 48-45 loss to Texas – the highest offensive output scored by Texas in the long history of a heated rivalry.
Oklahoma's defense finished the season (after a 45-34 loss to Alabama in a Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl) ranked 101st in points allowed; the loss to Alabama was the fifth time in 2018 an opponent scored at least 45 points, the first time in school history that had happened.
Report: Nick Saban didn't know an assistant took a job at Miami until he no-showed a meeting
Nick Saban was expecting Dan Enos to show up at a Jan. 11 staff meeting. Enos didn’t and was announced as Miami’s offensive coordinator later that day. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) Nick Saban was reportedly not plugged in about Dan Enos’ job opportunities outside of Alabama. Enos spent the 2018 season as Alabama’s quarterbacks coach and moved to Miami in the offseason to be the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator under new coach Manny Diaz. That move to Miami came as an apparent surprise to his head coach.
Several coaches who have worked in support roles at Alabama have later moved into on-field coaching positions for the Crimson Tide. Among recent examples: Mike Locksley, hired as an analyst in 2016, he thebn became Alabama’s offensive coordinator and was recently hired as Maryland’s head coach. Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones was an analyst last season for Alabama. After he was fired as USC’s head coach, Steve Sarkisian joined Alabama in a support role for the 2016 season and served as offensive coordinator during the national championship game after Lane Kiffin left to coach Florida Atlantic. Saban recently rehired Sarkisian as offensive coordinator.
Last month, before Alabama’s semifinal matchup against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, Saban told reporters those arrangements had often “worked out well for both” the coaches and the program.
“We have coaches who have a track record of being very, very good coaches, very productive, they make some mistake or get in some circumstance of situation that maybe creates this downward plummet but they still have a lot of positive values,” Saban said then. “We can get them in our program, maybe they learn a better way to do things. But we also can take advantage of the good things they know and they’ve done.”
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