Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field with his team before a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Steele Staying At Alabama

Update: AL.com reports now that with an offer from Louisville in hand, Kevin Steele has decided to stay on at Alabama. ESPN has retracted their initial report.


Alabama director of player personnel Kevin Steele will leave the Crimson Tide to become the defensive coordinator for Louisville under new head coach Bobby Petrino.

Steele was the head coach at Baylor from 1999-2002 and was an assistant for the Carolina Panthers. He was Nick Saban’s first defensive coordinator at Alabama, and was later given the title of associate head coach. In 2009, he left to become the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Clemson.

Bobby Petrino is in the process of assembling his staff, having returned to the Cardinals after a rocky road to rehabilitation after his very public firing from Arkansas. In addition to Steele, Petrino has retained UAB head coach Garrick McGee as his offensive coordinator.

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