TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Thursday evening the hiring of Karl Dunbar as the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach.
Dunbar, a longtime NFL assistant coach, replaces Bo Davis, who resigned last month as a result of being investigated by the NCAA for potential impermissible contact with recruits.
“We have known Karl Dunbar for a long time and he has a lot of experience coaching the defensive line in both the NFL and college,” Saban said in a statement. “Karl is very familiar with our program from an organizational standpoint as well as the defensive scheme we run. He is a fantastic football coach who brings a wealth of coaching experience while being a great asset in recruiting.”
Most recently, Dunbar coached the defensive line for the Buffalo Bills under head coach Rex Ryan. He also held the same position on Ryan’s staff with the New York Jets the previous three seasons. Dunbar spent 11 of the last 12 years as a defensive line coach in the NFL.
“I am really excited to get back into college football and to have a chance to work with such a talented group of student-athletes at The University of Alabama,” Dunbar said in a statement. “The program coach Saban has built at Alabama is second to none, and the opportunity to work for him once again is special. I have a great appreciation for the tradition and history that surrounds Crimson Tide football, and I look forward to doing my part to contribute to this program’s continued success.”
Before joining Ryan with the Jets and Bills, Dunbar built his reputation with the Minnesota Vikings as the defensive line coach 2006-11 after working as the Chicago Bears defensive line coach in 2004.
While Dunbar was with Minnesota, the Vikings defense allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL (8,141) and led the league in sacks twice (2009 and 2011). The Vikings run defense was also the best in the NFL each season from 2006-08.
As a college coach, Dunbar coached the defensive line at LSU in 2005 and spent two years with Oklahoma State in 2002-03. Dunbar worked on Saban’s staff at LSU as the strength and conditioning coach in 2000-01. Dunbar played his college ball at LSU. He was drafted in 1990 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals during his team in the league.
Dunbar, a native of Opelousas, La., inherits a defensive line that features Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Da’Shawn Hand, Dalvin Tomlinson and others at Alabama.
All employment contracts are subject to approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.