Not many head coaches could lose three assistants in an offseason and not miss a beat, but I doubt that slows Nick Saban down much.
Alabama has lost a third offensive assistant since capturing its 26th Southeastern Conference football championship in early December.
Receivers coach Billy Napier, the former Murray County High School and Furman University quarterback, left the Crimson Tide this past weekend to become the new offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Napier replaces Chip Lindsey, who left the Sun Devils for the same role at Auburn nine days ago…
Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was named Florida Atlantic’s head coach on Dec. 13, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban tabbed offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian as Kiffin’s successor four days later. Offensive tackles and tight ends coach Mario Cristobal left to become Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator on Jan. 13, and Saban named offensive analyst Mike Locksley to the full-time staff three days after that.
The Laner may be a little overrated as a recruiter, but Cristobal and Napier are anything but. Still, Saban doesn’t sound all that concerned. Having a deep bench at analyst helps, I suppose.