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Saban fills lone coaching hole on Tide staff

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The Alabama coaching vacancy created when Jeremy Pruitt left for the defensive coordinator job at Florida State has officially been filled.

The school confirmed Wednesday via a press release that Greg Brown has been hired as the Tide’s secondary coach.  Brown served as the defensive coordinator at Colorado the past two seasons.

“I’m extremely happy to add a coach the caliber of Greg Brown to our staff,” said head coach Nick Saban in a statement. “Greg has a tremendous amount of college and NFL experience, and his knowledge in the secondary really made him the perfect fit for this position. He will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and we look forward to Greg and his family joining our staff at the University of Alabama.”

Browns time with the Buffs the past two seasons was his third stint with the program, having served as a defensive assistant from 1991-93 then again from 2006-09.  He was also a co-defensive coordinator at Arizona in between the CU jobs.

Prior to that, he spent a total of 12 years with five different NFL teams as a defensive assistant.

“It is an honor and an unbelievable opportunity to join the staff at the University of Alabama,” said Brown. “I’ve known and respected Coach Saban for many years and he is the best in the country at what he does. It is the dream of any defensive coach to learn from Coach Saban, especially at a place with Alabama’s great tradition and history. I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success with the top college football program in the nation.”

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5 Responses to “Saban fills lone coaching hole on Tide staff”
  1. be4bama says: Jan 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    Welcome Coach Brown. You’re gonna love Tuscaloosa.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 9, 2013 6:02 PM


  3. gatorcheme says: Jan 9, 2013 6:16 PM

    scalpemseminoles says:
    Jan 9, 2013 6:02 PM


    What the heck was that? Are you choking on something?

    Is this the same Greg Brown whose Colorado team gave up over 500 pts in 2012? Coach Saban must be looking beyond that.

  4. sparty0n says: Jan 9, 2013 6:30 PM

    Should have stated Brown “served time” as the defensive coordinator…. as in, it was a sentence…

  5. lasseter1113 says: Jan 10, 2013 12:18 PM

    Kind of made me wonder too for a half, of a half, of a half, of a second myself. Then I remembered that I should NEVER try and second guess Nick Saban. If he wants this guy there is a VERY good reason for it. Plus doesn’t Saban work with the secondary mostly himself? So it’s not like he will be changing the system or anything. I truly believe that Coach Brown will do his job and then some while he is with Alabama. Then like clock work some other school will swoop in and hire him away from us in the next couple of years to become their defensive coordinator just like Florida State did. You have to admit, everything Saban touches turns to gold in the world of college football. Welcome to the process Coach Brown….

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