Report: Former SEC player, assistant targeted by Nick Saban to be Alabama's RB coach
Robert Gillespie has a long history in the SEC, and that story may get a new chapter soon.
The former Florida running back and Tennessee and South Carolina assistant has been targeted by Nick Saban to be the next running backs coach at Alabama, according to a report by Pete Thamel of Yahoo. Gillespie is currently the North Carolina running backs coach where he has been since 2018.
From 2013-17, he was assistant head coach/running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee under Butch Jones. From 2005-08, he was a graduate assistant and later running backs coach at South Carolina. Between the Gamecocks and Vols, he coached at West Virginia and Oklahoma State, according to his UNC bio.
Gillespie was a four-year letterman at Florida, where he rushed for 1,854 career yards from 1998 to 2001. The Hattiesburg, Miss. native finished his collegiate career ranked second all-time for the Gators in receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,091) by a running back. Gillespie served as team captain in 2001.
The opening that Gillespie may be filling was left by Charles Huff, who recently took the head coaching job at Marshall.
In an earlier report, current Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham was listed in connection with an offensive assistant role on the Alabama staff by Aaron Suttles of The Athletic.