It’s beginning to look more and more like Georgia Tech hired the right man to turn around the school’s football program as Geoff Collins continues to make one impressive hire after another in Atlanta.
After reportedly hiring away Gus Malzahn’s right-hand man, Patrick Suddes, away from Auburn, Collins confirmed on Thursday he was stolen away Nick Saban’s offensive line coach, Brent Key. Collins plans to name Key assistant head coach, run-game coordinator. Key is a Georgia Tech graduate, for what it’s worth.
Key had been Alabama’s offensive line coach for three seasons. His unit in Tuscaloosa has been a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, given annually to the nation’s best offensive line, in back-to-back seasons. Key is also noted as an elite recruiter for Saban’s staff. Prior to landing in Tuscaloosa, Key served as UCF offensive lineman coach and run-game coordinator.
With Key gone, the big question in Tuscaloosa is where Nick Saban will turn to find his next offensive coordinator. There’s speculation that he will attempt to hire away Sam Pittman, arguably the nation’s best OL coach, away from Georgia.
Don’t think for a second that the battle between Alabama and Georgia is limited to the field and prospect recruiting.