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Tide confirms OL coach leaving for the NFL

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Following up on reports that first surfaced Thursday, Alabama confirmed in a press release today that offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is leaving Tuscaloosa for a position with the Philadelphia Eagles.

While the release didn’t explicitly state it, it’s expected that Stoutland will serve as Chip Kelly’s line coach.

“Coach Stoutland did an excellent job with our offensive line along with each and every responsibility he had while he was here at the University of Alabama,” head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we’ve had over the last two years.

“He’s an outstanding coach and he will do a great job with the Eagles. We wish him and his family the best.”

Stoutland had been at Alabama for the past two years, coming to the Tide from Miami.  In February of last year, Stoutland reportedly turned down an opportunityto join former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff.

With the departure, Stoutland becomes the second assistant Saban has lost since the end of the regular season.  In late December, it was announced that Jeremy Pruitt was leaving as the Tide’s defensive backs coach to become Florida State’s defensive coordinator.  That hole has already been filled (giggle).

How soon Saban will fill the other hole on his staff (chuckle) remains to be seen.

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23 Responses to “Tide confirms OL coach leaving for the NFL”
  1. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 2:36 PM

    Oooh … Stout turned down Schiano but not Kelly. And it’s unlikely someone would prefer the quality of life in Philly over Tampa. Interesting. Schiano is proving to be quite a character, isn’t he?

  2. bigdinla says: Feb 8, 2013 2:42 PM

    Well J, you are feeling quite silly today! To funny.

  3. tampabayirish says: Feb 8, 2013 3:12 PM

    I think the timing is lousy. It’s not fair to the kids who just signed a letter of intent thinking that coach was going to be their position coach at Alabama. I am sure that coach Saban will find a talented replacement o-line coach. But it’s still not fair. Big time college football treats these kids like meat. College players should have the right to transfer (at least once in their college career) to any school at any time and have immediate eligibility. They are damned near indentured servants in the current system and the head coach is the overseer!

  4. kozbee says: Feb 8, 2013 3:13 PM

    Anytime a college team staff are good recruiters they will always be a target for an NFL job as it shows with Oregon and Bama.Sure they will find a good replacement.

  5. jason1214 says: Feb 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    I get kids get attached to coaches…but you should be commit to the school, not a coach.

  6. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 3:23 PM

    @tampabayirish …

    Really? You think the kids who just signed LOIs with the team that’s won three of the last four national championships are gonna want to withdraw them because a position coach is leaving? And what do you think Bama could have done to stop him? Chain him to the wall in the training room? Yeah … it’s tough for the meat.

    Good grief :roll:

  7. cappa662 says: Feb 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    Kids don’t care about the school, they build relationships with the coach. Hate seeing when college coaches leave a kid high and dry. They should be able to leave the school if the head coach leaves and follow the coach (if applicable) to the new school with no penalties.

  8. canehouse says: Feb 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    His name shows up often in the Miami investigation… Hmmmm?

  9. jgater1981 says: Feb 8, 2013 3:53 PM

    Deb, if you follow recruiting closely (which is lame, granted), you would see these kids really do form a bond with those recruiting them. It’s not a stretch to say some of these kids committed BECAUSE of the guy that recruited them, often a position coach. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy had the job locked up weeks ago but waited until after signing day to announce it.

  10. jimmy53 says: Feb 8, 2013 3:59 PM


    jgater1981 is right, there are players who follow a coach, especially someone who was going to be their position coach. Look at a couple of the players who signed with FSU solely because Pruitt left UA and went there. And while, yes, it is possible some of these job offers don’t come to the coach until just after national signing day, more often than not, they knew they were leaving prior to the kids signing and said nothing. It’s crooked, misleading, and wrong, and something should happen to change it. It’s unfair to the kids.

  11. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 5:02 PM

    Fellas, I know the recruiters have powerful sway. Guess I just think that when you’re talking about a school with Bama’s current cachet, the kids won’t be devastated by the loss of their position coach. Losing the head coach would be a different story. However, you make a good point. If he had the job locked down before signing day, they should have revealed that.

  12. jimmy53 says: Feb 8, 2013 5:20 PM


    It’s not to say that w’s and l’s don’t have power to sway, but you’d be surprised how that is not really the top concern for a recruit. What seems to matter to those I’ve talked to going through the process is what position coach puts players in the league and the relationships they’ve built. Plus, these recruiters start building relationships with some of these kids when they’re in middle school, so when they leave after the kid has signed is pretty shady, but it’s also an unfortunate part of the business.

  13. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    @jimmy53 …

    Dude … Jeff Stoutland has been at Alabama for two seasons and now he’s gone. I really appreciate you boys trying to educate me and all that. But I did not fall off the turnip truck in front of a television screen running a football game yesterday. I’ve been around the game for a while. Jeff Stoutland hasn’t been building a relationship with anyone on Alabama’s behalf since he was hired sometime in 2011. You guys are making a mountain out of a molehill in response to my very reasonable comment that it’s idiotic to assume these kids are going to want their LOIs back because he’s gone and it’s idiotic to carry on like someone has done them some grievous wrong simply because a coach changed jobs. Give it a rest.

  14. imaduffer says: Feb 8, 2013 6:28 PM

    Any coach that has the opportunity to jump to NFL would be a fool not to take the job. College football is the stepping stone to the NFL not only for players but for coaches too. And, like some coaches, you can always go back to the minors.

  15. jimmy53 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:12 PM

    Deb- getting a lil testy I see. No one said anything rude or challenging to you, so back up off it please. I even went as far as to say that I can see some validity in W’s and L’s swaying a players mind.

    In fact the only one being a little idiotic (to use your words) is you or do you not remember posting this (which, while it doesn’t make you sound like you just fell off the turnip truck, does make it sound like it’s not an area you’re well versed in either):

    “You think the kids who just signed LOIs with the team that’s won three of the last four national championships are gonna want to withdraw them because a position coach is leaving? And what do you think Bama could have done to stop him? Chain him to the wall in the training room? Yeah … it’s tough for the meat.

    Good grief “

  16. kattykathy says: Feb 8, 2013 8:28 PM

    Rats jumping ship.

    Time to find another envelope deliverer.

    Testy, Testy ?

    More like insecure.

  17. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 8:52 PM

    Jimmy, I posted on another thread a few days ago that I don’t follow the sport this far down in terms of who’s courting which high school kid and how those kids are ranked. So although I understand how the system works in terms of getting them while they’re still Pee Wees, I have no trouble admitting that I’m not intimately familiar with the ins and outs of high school recruiting.

    However, I still think it’s overreacting to say these kids have been terribly wronged and are being treated like meat–which prompted the original comment that I remember well. You can make the “meat” argument about many aspects of college ball–and I have–but coaches jumping ship isn’t one of them. That is life.

    And your argument about coaches building relationships with kids from junior high–while true in some cases–doesn’t apply with Stoutland because he’s only been on the Bama staff since 2011. You just seemed to determined to keep drilling into a dry well, and I thought it was time to call halt. No unusual testiness here. I’m used to Bama taking extra arrows in these situations and am responding with the typical sarcasm that makes my comments so appreciated by the CFT masses 😉

  18. kattykathy says: Feb 8, 2013 9:16 PM

    You mean appreciated by CFT simpletons that don’t know any better

  19. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 9:46 PM

    Um, katty-dude, that bit about being
    “so appreciated” was more sarcasm …

  20. rsmeans says: Feb 8, 2013 10:59 PM

    Giving the choices between living in Alabama, Tampa and Philadelphia. I have lived in all three for expanded times (Alabama 20 years, Philadelphia 23 years and Tampa 9 years. I would take Alabama and Tampa over cold damp dark depressing Philadelphia any time. Alabama has the best fans and the best football. Philadelphia has the worse fans and worse teams. Tampa is more in the middle but their weather is the very best.

  21. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 11:18 PM

    @rsmeans …

    That’s what I said LOL Seems like Stout was interesting in the NFL, but not if it meant working for Schiano. And as someone who enjoyed watching the victory formation suddenly become a source of league drama, I find that mildly interesting … even though it’s obvious no one else does :)

  22. kozbee says: Feb 8, 2013 11:46 PM

    A big surprize to me that Kirby Smart is still there.A great coach and recruiter.

  23. flipadelphia77777 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:47 AM


    Clearly you are lying and have never lived in Philadelphia

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