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Texas hires Alabama D-Line coach

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After weeks of rumors and speculation as to who might fill the 5 vacant positions on Texas’ coaching staff, Mack Brown has officially filled two of those vacancies. Yesterday, Brown picked up wide receivers coach/recruiting extraordinaire Darrell Wyatt, and today, Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis.

Davis spent several years under Nick Saban at both Alabama and in Miami with the Dolphins, and played football at LSU as a defensive tackle. However, Davis also has ties to the state of Texas, having coached at North Shore High School in Houston.

“This is a great opportunity for me and my family,” Davis said. “When Coach Brown contacted me, I thought it was a great opportunity and one I just needed to take.”

“We wish Bo Davis and his family the best at the University of Texas,” Saban said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for Bo and we will certainly use this as an opportunity to improve our staff at the University of Alabama.”

Davis is replacing former D-line coach Mike Tolleson, who retired in December. Clemson’s Chris Rumph will replace Davis at Alabama.

Brown still has to replace his offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators at Texas, a task that has been secretive and ever-evolving to say the least. Earlier today, it was reported that Mississippi State’s Manny Diaz was a candidate for the DC job. On the opposite side of the ball, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst was in Austin yesterday to interview for the Texas OC position.

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7 Responses to “Texas hires Alabama D-Line coach”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jan 4, 2011 11:32 PM

    Really happy to have Bo Davis in the fold. He’s done an impressive job and has probably learned a lot of good things from His Sliminess, and now he’s back in Texas. Definitely a good get. This also supposedly means good things as far as recruiting Jermauria Rasco.

  2. Deb says: Jan 5, 2011 12:25 AM

    @burntorangehorn …

    Great get for you guys. Hate it for us because he’s a good coach and his kids are really close to my niece and nephew. But I understand we’ve hired a strong replacement.

    His Sliminess :roll: You’re lucky to get a defensive guy with that much experience working for Saban.

  3. blitz4848 says: Jan 5, 2011 9:52 AM

    @ burntorangehorn

    I see they are having such a hard time filling the coordinator positions at UT that they posted an ad on CraigsList–good luck with that—lmao.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 5, 2011 2:44 PM

    @ Deb
    I’m not saying Saban’s assistants are slimy; I’m saying just Saban is. The assistants all seem to be first-rate guys, including the coordinators past (e.g. Muschamp) and present.

    @blitz
    Nope, no problem at all. They’d just rather make the right hire rather than putting an Addazio in the wrong position.

  5. Deb says: Jan 5, 2011 6:06 PM

    @burntorangehorn …

    I got your meaning. I’m saying Saban isn’t slimy. He’s a tough SOB, but there’s nothing slimy about him. And he’s a brilliant defensive strategist. You’re fortunate to get someone who’s worked so long with him on that side of the ball.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jan 5, 2011 7:52 PM

    I think he’s slimy in how he treats people and jumps ship. He obviously runs a very tight ship as a coach, though.

  7. Deb says: Jan 5, 2011 10:16 PM

    Jumps ship … ROFL That is the silliest bunch of nonsense I’ve ever heard. You feel that way about Muschamp? How about Tuberville? Urban Meyer? Petrino?? Nah, only Saban gets that knock and it’s infantile.

    The man left LSU to try his hand at coaching an NFL team. His wife hated it. She hated the culture and the environment and wanted desperately for him to return to the college ranks. Some representatives from Alabama contacted his agent and asked if he’d be interested in the job. There was a power struggle at Bama because some of the big-time boosters didn’t want him; he’s known for not being a man they could run. No firm offer was made at that time. Through his agent, Saban told them he wouldn’t discuss it until the Dolphins season was over and if they couldn’t wait, he understood.

    The press asked nonstop about Alabama during Saban’s mandatory NFL press conferences. He repeatedly told them he was focused only on the Dolphins. Have you ever been in that environment? They’re like sharks at a chum feeding and the NFL required him to stand up there every day. Finally, he did just what they were baiting him to do and said he wasn’t going to Alabama. But at that time, no offer had been made, and for all he knew no offer would be made.

    The Dolphins season ended, and the Alabama Board of Trustees came back with a firm offer. He went to Wayne Huizenga, then owner of the Dolphins, told him the situation with his family, and secured his blessing. Then he accepted the Bama offer. Mr. Huizenga said publicly that he understood why Saban was leaving, that he had family considerations to think of, and that he had no hard feelings. If I remember right, Saban initially took a pay cut to go to Bama.

    His boss had no problems with him leaving, and he waited until the season was over. There’s no earthly reason anyone should have a problem. It’s not like he announced the only way he’d leave would be in a pine box, then left the next day (Tuberville), retired then unretired (Meyer), or left a note and skipped out in the middle of a season (Petrino). But for some reason, what he did was the worst thing ever. LOL

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