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Saban loses assistant to NFL, poaches FSU for replacement

Billy Napier

Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland left Alabama for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles, replaced just yesterday by former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal.

A day later, Nick Saban‘s lost another assistant to the pro ranks, although this time around it appears a replacement is already in place.

First reported by, Mike Groh has left his post as the Tide’s wide receivers coach for a position with the Chicago Bears.  Groh had reportedly interviewed for the job with the NFL club earlier in the week.

The website went on to report that Billy Napier is leaving Florida State to replace Groh.  Napier was just hired by FSU last month as the Seminoles’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.  Prior to spending last season at Colorado State, where he served as the Rams’ assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach, he was Clemson’s offensive coordinator in 2009-10.

Suffice to say, Alabama has yet to confirm the latest tweaking of Saban’s coaching staff.

(Photo credit: Clemson athletics)

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20 Responses to “Saban loses assistant to NFL, poaches FSU for replacement”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    Saban must be panicking about getting pretty much shut out in Florida since he thinks he needs to poach coaches from UM and FSU.

    Not even a billboard across the street from Booker T. Washington and over signing another class is content for this sociopath.

  2. dawglb says: Feb 21, 2013 5:22 PM

    I like Saban, but this move is unacceptable. Taking a guy (enticing him) a month after the coach gets to FSU as their Recruiting Coordinator is not decent. Though I do not know how all this unfolded, Recruiting Coordinators/coaches have access to some inside info., not to mention a play book…… I will be interested to learn more about this.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 21, 2013 5:23 PM

    There’s a little headline on the right that reads ACC Title Game cost the ‘Noles $500k.

    They couldn’t fill up a stadium for a Conference Title game…. FSU football is about as relevant as Notre Dame Football right now.

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 21, 2013 5:45 PM

    Calling a team who played in the championshion game and a team who won the orange bowl irrelevant is preposterous

  5. tuscaloosaguy says: Feb 21, 2013 5:51 PM

    Turnabout is fair play as FSU hired Pruitt who was involved w/ Bama’s recruiting. Too bad y’all can’t or won’t see that. Must have an inferiority complex about Alabama cleaning up every year.

  6. Deb says: Feb 21, 2013 6:00 PM

    @dawglb …

    Love how you declare this bit of enticement to be unacceptable before admitting you don’t know how any of this unfolded. Saban had a hole to fill, thanks to the Bears. It’s his job to fill it with the best possible talent.

    Now I’ll grant that Saban is “poaching” a recruiter from FSU–although you can’t “entice” a man who’s not willing to go. But I’m pretty doggone sure the team that has won the national title three of the last four years didn’t hire this guy to get at the Seminoles’ playbook. That’s a little over the top, dude.

  7. lasseter1113 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:19 PM

    Like Tuscaloosaguy said, “turnabout is fair play”. Just a few weeks ago Florida State fans were laughing and bragging all over the internet about stealing a coach and a 5 star recruit from Coach Saban. Now that the shoe is on the other foot it’s not so funny is it? Honestly though I have no problem with Florida State’s team or the fans for that matter. There are actually quite of few of them right here where I live. I guess they jumped on the bandwagon back in the day when FSU was dominating the college football landscape? Plus I have them to thank for my beloved Braves tomahawk chop!!!

  8. lasseter1113 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:23 PM

    Like the man or not, Saban is putting together one hell of a staff that will be a dominate recruiting force…Yikes…

  9. jason1214 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:30 PM

    This is all hilarious and true. Poached or not I’d leave my employer of 13 years tomorrow if someone offered me twice the pay. College coaching contracts are a joke…they all leave eventually. Can’t fault people for putting themselves in the best possible position. RTR

  10. rolltide510 says: Feb 21, 2013 6:45 PM

    It’s “unacceptable” and “indecent” to offer somebody more money then they currently make to work for you?

    Oh wait, UGA fan. Butthurt is in their DNA.

  11. lasseter1113 says: Feb 21, 2013 7:04 PM


    I hear what you’re saying, but you know these people already have their minds made up that anything to do with Alabama or Saban is horrible and evil before reading one detail of the story. You my as well throw logic out the window because there’s no getting past the blind hatred they have for Bama. Sad but true…

  12. dawglb says: Feb 21, 2013 8:52 PM

    Deb, this isn’t the Brady Bunch. I wasn’t suggesting that they hired the guy FOR the FSU play book. Lol! I suppose you missed my point. You have to admit, it is unusual to have someone leave a month after he signed a contract. That’s all.

  13. Deb says: Feb 21, 2013 9:25 PM

    @dawglb …

    Hey, Greg, you’re the one who brought the playbook into it. LOL

    Apparently changing schools a month after signing a contract isn’t that unusual in college coaching these days. It’s becoming almost routine.

  14. packerbadger says: Feb 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    Its Saban and Alabama football! What else would you expect. Saban, being the honorable guy he is finished out his contract with the Miami Dolphins and……er…um….nevermind. At least the new guy will be used to coaching a team that has more impressive rap sheets than report cards.

  15. grudenthediva says: Feb 22, 2013 11:38 AM

    “They couldn’t fill up a stadium for a Conference Title game…. FSU football is about as relevant as Notre Dame Football right now.”

    Yes, because having the choice between going to North Carolina and a mediocre title game matchup vs. GT and saving for an extremely likely BCS game in your own backyard is quite indicative of any irrelevance and/or fan apathy. Clearly.


  16. Deb says: Feb 22, 2013 1:13 PM

    Oh, those poor Dolphins! Saban didn’t finish out his contract with them! And we all know teams always finish out their contracts with the coaches they hire. Take the Dolphins, for instance. They signed Saban’s successor Cam Cameron to a four-year contract but fired him after one season. Then they hired Cameron’s successor Tony Sparano to a four-year contract and fired him after three seasons.

    Yeah, it’s perfectly “honorable” for football teams to fire coaches without fulfilling their contracts … but God forbid a coach decide to leave a team for a more desirable opportunity before his contract is up. No “honorable” man would do that. LOL

  17. Deb says: Feb 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    Truth-telling is always so popular LOL

  18. jason1214 says: Feb 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    I know, I don’t know why I bother. I’m starting to think some of these people have never left their basement.

  19. lasseter1113 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:45 PM


    I know right? I tried to be nice to these hating assholes but I really don’t care anymore. Apparently the people that gave you the three thumbs down don’t like you making fun of them living in basements. I bet you anything that is where PackerBadger lives. What’s up with this idiot anyways. I really want to know? What an asshole right? I think all of us Bama fans should start going to ANYTHING written about Wisconsin football (as if they were popular enough to have articles written about them) and start trolling the shit out of it like PackerBadger does all of our articles. Maybe I should speak directly to him just in case he reads this…

    HEY PackerBadger, congrats, you figured out that when you say something bad about Alabama you get more thumbs up than thumbs down. It’s the only way you have to feel like a BIG SHOT isn’t it? I’m happy for you but you see, it’s really really annoying to have somebody that has NOTHING to do with Alabama football on here running their mouths ALL THE TIME…DO YOU COMPREHEND? You honestly remind me of a jealous little school girl. I am so jealous of Cindy’s life (SEC) and she took my boyfriend (Bielema) so now I’m going to tell everybody she has an STD. I know your coach chose the SEC over coaching at that frigid hell hole you call a school but you don’t have to take it out on us. Geez man. I would say our teams could take it out on the field but boy wouldn’t that be a lopsided affair, LMFAO!!! Now that would be funny. No wonder you are so jealous of us right? I wish they would write an article about Wisconsin so I could give it back, but I won’t hold my breath. Oh btw, you have officially been entered into the group of people that hate on Alabama SO MANY TIMES they leave their envy showing, congratulations on making BAMA’s PETTY TROLL PATROL, good job champ, you really did earn it. Just remember we will keep on winning just so you can keep on being a bitter little hater…

  20. lasseter1113 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:13 PM

    By the way, I just googled- WISCONSIN BADGER FOOTBALL and the word ARREST and found some pretty interesting stuff. Talk about pot calling the kettle black there PackerBadger. Here’s a couple that have recently happened but it seems like there is a history there, trust me there’s a WHOLE LOT more than this…Yikes…

    Here’s one of my fav’s….

    Like I said, there are plenty more than this, just google it if you don’t believe me…Peace and Chicken Grease….I’m out….

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