Alabama reportedly interviews former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood for open staff position
Following the exodus of four of his offensive assistants, Nick Saban has got to be busy working the phone lines in his attempts to fill in the spots left by the departures of Michael Locksley (offensive coordinator), Dan Enos (quarterbacks), Josh Gattis (receivers) and Brent Key (offensive line) since Alabama’s season came to an end.
With reports linking Steve Sarkisian to Alabama’s open offensive coordinator position, Saban may be close to landing a former Sarkisian assistant to coach his offensive line in 2019.
According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com and Tony Tsoukalas of Rivals, Alabama has recently interviewed Kyle Flood for the open offensive line coaching position in Tuscaloosa. Flood most recently served as Sarkisian’s offensive line coach with the Atlanta Falcons while he previously served as Rutgers head coach from 2012 to 2015.
The end of Flood’s tenure in Rutgers was marred by controversy, so it would be interesting to see how well his potential addition to the coaching staff in Tuscaloosa would be perceived. However, based on his history with Sarkisian, should the former Falcons OC be named to the same role in Tuscaloosa, the move does make sense from that standpoint.
Flood is a New York native and has never coached in the South outside of his two seasons with the Falcons. While some may view that as a negative, there’s a chance Saban views Flood as Alabama’s potential link to Northeast prospects that may have been lost when Gattis left for Michigan.