Alabama Crimson Tide wide receivers coach Mike Groh will take his talents to the Chicago Bears, and will be replaced by Florida State tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Billy Napier.
Groh joined the Alabama staff in 2011 after stints in Louisville and with the New York Jets. He was one of the nation’s top recruiters, as ranked by several recruiting websites. Some comfort can be had by Tide fans in the fact that by taking an NFL gig, Groh will not be recruiting against Alabama.
Napier, 32, comes to the Tide after less than a month on the job with the Seminoles. Napier was hired in January from Colorado State, and according to reports was likely to take over play-calling duties from head coach and former Nick Saban assistant Jimbo Fisher.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Napier now owes Florida State $75,000 for leaving this early into his contract.
Napier was a quality control assistant at Alabama under former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, now the Colorado State head coach. In 2009 he became the youngest offensive coordinator in Clemson history, under another former Saban assistant, Jimbo Fisher.
Napier is respected as a recruiter, and paired with the recent hiring of Mario Cristobal from Miami to serve as offensive line coach, helps position Alabama very well in the minds of Florida high school players.
As the Crimson Tide continue their remarkable run, the coaching carousel will continue to move assistants in and out of Tuscaloosa, and the Nick Saban coaching tree will continue to spread it’s reach across the college football landscape.