Report: Nick Saban steals position coach from Jeremy Pruitt's Tennessee staff
Nick Saban continues filling out his coaching staff at Alabama.
Five Tide on-field assistants have taken other positions this offseason — Dan Enos (Miami), Mike Locksley (Maryland), Tosh Lupoi (Cleveland Browns), Brent Key (Ga. Tech) and Josh Gattis (Michigan).
On Saturday, VolQuest.com reported that Saban has hired away Tennessee assistant Charles Kelly. Kelly coached special teams and safeties at Tennessee in 2018, and Saban has hired Kelly to coach his secondary. The report also stated that Saban may give Kelly a bigger title once he finalizes his coaching staff. The compensation amount is expected to be around $1 million.
Kelly coached at Tennessee just one season after coming to Knoxville from FSU, where he coached five previous seasons and was the defensive coordinator.
Interestingly, because of Kelly’s departure, new Tennessee assistant Tee Martin is officially a full-time on-field assistant. Jeremy Pruitt was going to have to demote one assistant in order to get Martin as an on-field assistant.
Kelly becomes the second on-field assistant coach to leave Tennessee this offseason. Former OC Tyson Helton left for the head coaching job at Western Kentucky.
In the last few days, Saban has hired former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood to coach the offensive line and defensive assistant Sal Sunseri from Florida.
Saturday Down South will have more on this developing story.