Alabama, Texas, USC Shuffle DL Coaches
Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumph left to join Charlie Strong's staff at Texas, prompting speculation that Ed Orgeron would join his former head coach Lane Kiffin on the Crimson Tide staff.
Instead, Bo Davis will re-join Nick Saban's staff days after accepting the defensive line job at USC, the Trojans confirmed to media outlets on Monday.
Davis, who coached at Texas from 2011-13, spent eight seasons working for Saban previously, developing NFL draft picks like Terrence Cody, Marcell Dareus and Josh Chapman.
He'll work with a re-tooled defensive line which lost Ed Stinson and Jeoffrey Pagan to early entry, but touted lineman D.J. Pettway is expected to be reinstated at the school after an arrest led to his dismissal in February 2013. Freshmen Jonathan Allen and A'Shawn Robinson also are expected to be part of the rotation.
Top 5 programs tend to experience a high degree of staff turnover because assistant coaches become targets for promotions or more money at other schools. Alabama and Saban are used to dealing with the exit of high-profile assistant coaches, but the Tide came off looking great this year, all things considered.
Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has been considered a serious head coaching candidate for a few years now, and many expect Kiffin to be able to address a few subtle issues the offense went through this season under Doug Nussmeier, who left for a pile of cash at Michigan.
Davis is familiar with the Tide's schemes and has a proven track record at developing talent. He's probably the only coach that can claim Texas, USC and Alabama on his resume within a two-month span as well, and clearly is a coveted asset.