Alabama Football: DeBoer adds second FBS head coach to Bama defensive staff

Two FBS programs are without head coaches because Kalen DeBoer and Alabama Football came calling.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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On Monday Alabama Football added South Alabama Head Coach, Kane Wommack. A day later another sitting FBS head coach is expected to join the Alabama Crimson Tide. Wommack will be DeBoer's Defensive Coordinator. According to ESPN's Chris Low, the latest Crimson Tide addition is Maurice Linguist.

Linguist played safety at Baylor with his last season having been in 2006. He has been the head coach at Buffalo for three seasons.

Before his first head coaching position with the Buffalo Bulls, Linguest coached defensive backs with six college teams and the Dallas Cowboys. After being a GA at Baylor in 2008, he coached at Valdosta State for one season, followed by three seasons at James Madison. In 2012 and 2013 he was a secondary coach for the Buffalo Bulls. In the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons, he was an assistant coach at Iowa State, Mississippi State, and Minnesota. After the 2017 season, he was promoted at Minnesota to Assistant Head Coach.

Shortly after the Minnesota promotion, Linguist was hired away from the Gophers to join Texas A&M. In two seasons with the Aggies, Linguist was recognized as an outstanding recruiter. In 2020 he was a defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He returned to Buffalo as the head coach the following season, but after he was initially hired in a Co-DC capacity at Michigan.

A more extensive profile of Maurice Linguist is available here.

Alabama Crimson Tide fans will relish that Linguist has connections in the state of Texas and has recruited well there. The only apparent downside with Linguist is after a season in Tuscaloosa, some Power Five program will likely pursue him as a Defensive Coordinator. In terms of potential problems, that is a good one to have.

Outside the Crimson Tide nation, critics of the DeBoer hiring claim his head coaching track record is minimal. College football experts know that is not true, but further proof is two FBS head coaches leaving their jobs to be assistants to DeBoer.

Recruits loving new Alabama Football staff

DeBoer and the new Crimson Tide staff are quickly impressing recruits.

Even if the new Alabama coaches were not elite before, they are now or will be, because Alabama Football is elite.