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Nick Saban Hires Billy Napier as Wide Receivers Coach

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For the second time in less than a week, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has made a new position coach hire. And, for the second time this week, Saban is calling upon the services of a coach who barely had time to get accustomed to the surroundings of his last home.

Following the blockbuster hire of offensive line coach Mario Cristobal earlier this week, Thursday Saban hired Florida State Seminoles tight ends coach Billy Napier as his wide receivers general. Napier replaces former receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Groh who is departing for the Chicago Bears.

Under normal circumstances this would seem to be a pretty standard coaching hire. But, nothing that involves Nick Saban anymore can really be considered “normal”. For the second time in a week, Saban has gone out and proven that he’s the cool kid in the high school that everyone would ditch their friends to hang out with. And in a nutshell, that’s more or less what’s happened this week.

Before accepting the Tuscaloosa job today, Napier was recently hired to coach the FSU tight ends back in January after spending a year with the Colorado State Rams. Previously in 2009, Napier spent time as the Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator.

The juggernaut that is the Alabama Crimson Tide football program just continues to make strides in maintaining its dominance. Both the Cristobal and Napier hires show Saban’s dire commitment to keeping the Tide on top. Hiring two young and hungry assistants who will run programs of their own one day is the perfect way to go about that.


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