Nick Saban reportedly hires Kyle Flood to coach Alabama’s offensive line
You can now mark off one opening on Alabama’s coaching staff heading into the weekend.
The latest hire from Nick Saban suggests Steve Sarkisian will indeed by Alabama’s new offensive coordinator as multiple reports claim Kyle Flood has been hired to be the Crimson Tide’s new offensive line coach. Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio and Travis Reier of BamaOnline/247Sports are both reporting the hire.
Flood worked with Sarkisian the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Before working in the NFL, Flood was the head coach at Rutgers. He spent only three seasons as head coach at the school but had served as an assistant with the program dating back to 2005.
After two seasons with the Falcons, Flood had recently received a promotion to a game clock manager position with the franchise. His duties were to include in-game decision making, clock management strategy, timeouts and challenges.
The end of Flood’s tenure at Rutgers was marred by controversy and scandal. We all know Saban seems to have a soft spot in his heart for tarnished coaches and this move appears to be the latest in a long line of rehabilitation projects the Alabama coach has undertaken when it comes to hiring assistants.
The offensive line position in Tuscaloosa was open due to the departure of Brent Key, who left to take over the OL coaching duties at Georgia Tech.