Alabama Crimson Tide offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will leave Tuscaloosa to coach the same position for the Philadelphia Eagles.
As reported on TideSports, Stoutland has told several of the Crimson Tide’s 2013 signees he will be leaving to coach the Eagles under new head coach and former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly.
Stoutland came to Alabama from Miami, where he spent four seasons as offensive line coach before being handed the reins as interim head coach after the firing of Randy Shannon. Stoutland’s only game as head coach was a 33-17 loss to Notre Dame.
There had been calls in some quarters to cut ties with Stoutland due to accusations that he was involved in improper conduct during his time at Miami. Stoutland was in recent weeks cooperating with an NCAA investigation into the Miami program and booster Nevin Shapiro, which saw other former assistants face sanction.
Despite the cloud of NCAA investigators, Stoutland coached an offensive line that most agreed was the best in the nation, and one of the best in Crimson Tide history, helping lead Alabama to the BCS National Championship against the Fighting Irish.
Whomever Nick Saban hires to replace Stoutland will have a job on their hands, as the Tide must rebuild their offensive line after the loss of Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluker and Barrett Jones.