Report: Another member of Alabama's coaching staff not expected to return
Nick Saban has already seen five on-field assistant coaches depart since losing to Clemson in the national championship game: Mike Locksley (Maryland), Dan Enos (Miami), Josh Gattis (Michigan), Tosh Lupoi (Cleveland Browns) and Brent Key (Georgia Tech). However, staff turnover may not be done quite yet.
Per a report from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, DL coach Craig Kuligowski isn’t expected to return in 2019. Kuligowski coached at Alabama for just one season after coming to Tuscaloosa from Miami. He’s highly regarded as a great developer of defensive linemen, and his coaching history certainly proves that.
Per the same report, the Tide have had contact with Mississippi State DL coach Brian Baker for the same position, even though Kuligowski is still technically on staff.
Following the coaching departures this offseason, Nick Saban has reportedly (re)hired Steve Sarkisian to be his OC, former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood for his OL coach, Mississippi State’s Charles Huff for his RBs coach, Tennessee’s Charles Kelly as his DBs coach and Virginia Tech’s Solmon Wiggins as his WRs coach. Butch Jones is also reportedly sticking around at Alabama, too. That’s three former Power 5 head coaches (Sarkisian, Flood and Jones).
From 2017 to 2018, Nick Saban retooled his staff to get younger and more aggressive on the recruiting trail. Looking ahead to 2019, he will have retooled again, this time to get veteran assistants who potentially are better on-field coaches.