Alabama could be losing its defensive line coach to one of the NFL’s premier franchises seeking to hire him in the same role.
Karl Dunbar, who’s been with the Crimson Tide for the last two seasons, is reportedly speaking with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Manish Mehta, a columnist for the New York Daily News.
Dunbar, a native of Opelousas, La., played his college ball at LSU and was drafted by the Steelers in 1990.
Sources: Alabama assistant (and Former Rex Ryan assistant) Karl Dunbar is in discussions with the #Steelers to be their next defensive line coach.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) February 8, 2018
It was later reported that Dunbar has, indeed, accepted the job with the Steelers, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com.
Alabama hired Dunbar in May of 2016 to replace Bo Davis, who had resigned a month prior to that as a result of being investigated by the NCAA for potential impermissible contact with recruits.
Dunbar is a longtime NFL assistant, spending 11 of 12 years before his stint in Tuscaloosa as a defensive line coach in the NFL.
He 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 for three seasons preceding that.
Dunbar built his reputation with the Minnesota Vikings as the defensive line coach from 2006-11 after working as the Chicago Bears defensive line coach in 2004.
He also worked for his alma mater as LSU’s D-line coach in 2005 and the Tigers strength and conditioning coach in 2000-01.
Alabama’s Class of 2018 includes five defensive linemen, and all of them signed during the early signing period. All five are 4-star prospects or better, including 5-star DE Eyabi Anoma.