Last week, a report surfaced that former Baylor Bears’ head coach, Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator, Clemson Tigers’ defensive coordinator and Florida State Seminoles’ linebackers’ coach Kevin Steele would be named defensive coordinator of the Louisville Cardinals under new head coach Bobby Petrino.
Instead, Steele opted to turn the job down and stick with Alabama, where he held an off the field role in 2013.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Alex Scarborough reported that Steele would be back on the field as the linebackers’ coach at Alabama.
To make room for Steele on the sidelines, Alabama defensive backs’ coach Greg Brown is stepping down and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will go from working with the linebackers to the defensive backs in order for Steele to take over the linebackers, moving on from his role as director of player personnel.
Alabama has already replaced two other coaches, naming former Southern California Trojans’ head coach Lane Kiffin their offensive coordinator after Doug Nussmeier left for the same gig at Michigan and Bo Davis as their defensive line coach after Chris Rumph left to join Charlie Strong’s staff at Texas.