Nick Saban has reportedly targeted new special teams coordinator for Alabama
If you missed the news last week, Nick Saban currently has an open position on his Alabama coaching staff following the departure of Jay Graham.
Despite Alabama being in the middle of spring camp, Graham announced his decision to step away from coaching. Graham cited a need to take time away from the game “to seek professional help immediately” and focus on his mental health and family. Graham was with Alabama for two months.
Graham, a Tennessee graduate, previously coached running backs at Tennessee under Jeremy Pruitt. He was set to be the new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for Alabama in 2021.
“Jay made a decision to do what he did, and we’re gonna support him every way that we can,” Saban said last week. “We certainly wish him and his family the very best.”
Now comes word from Zach Barnett of Football Scoop that Saban has “identified” Drew Svoboda has been targeted by Saban to replace Graham. At this time, Svoboda has not been officially hired by Alabama, according to the report.
Svoboda was hired by Memphis in January to serve as the program’s new special teams coordinator. Svoboda previously served in the same role at Rice.
Prior to landing a job at Rice, Svoboda was a high school coach at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas. Svoboda led Klein Collins to five district championships, eight playoff appearances and a 93-24 record in 10 seasons as head coach.