Even though the college football season ended over a month ago, Nick Saban is still looking to fill out his Alabama coaching staff. And on Sunday, two names emerged as possible candidates for the opening on the defensive line. The position became open after Karl Dunbar left to become the defensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
According to a report from Matt Zenitz of Al.com, former Florida Atlantic coach Charlie Partridge has interviewed for the job. Zenitz also added that Lance Thompson, who is currently the defensive line coach at South Carolina, could fill the role.
Thompson has experience with Saban, as he’s worked with the Alabama coach on three seperate occasions, twice at Alabama and once while Saban was at LSU. Thompson has spent the last two seasons at South Carolina with Will Muschamp.
Partridge spent the past season at Pittsburgh. He does have SEC experience as he was the defensive line coach at Arkansas in 2013. He was also the defensive line coach at Wisconsin from 2008-12, where he groomed the likes of NFL star JJ Watt.
The Alabama coaching staff has seen plenty of turnover this offseason, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left to become the head coach at Tennessee. Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley left to join the Oakland Raiders. And on the offensive side of the ball, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll left to become the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator. Mike Locksley will be the new offensive coordinator and while Tosh Lupoi will be the defensive coordinator. Both coaches were on Alabama’s staff last season.
Alabama went 13-1 last season and won the national championship, as the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia in the national title game, 26-23. Alabama opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 when it takes on Louisville in Orlando, Fla.