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Burton Burns spent the last 11 years as Alabama's running backs coach.

Alabama football: Burton Burns transitions to off-field role

Matt Speakman

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Longtime running backs coach transitions to new role

Alabama announced its new coaching staff on Wednesday. The big news came from running backs coach Burton Burns. He will transition to an off-field role as associate athletic director in football. He spent 11 years as the running backs coach, and helped develop Heisman Trophy winners Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry. Seven running backs reached 1,000 yards under the coaching of Burns. Joe Pannunzio will take his place as running backs coach. Jeff Banks will take over Pannunzio’s role as special teams coach.

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Alabama officially announces coaching staff

The Crimson Tide rounded out its coaching staff. Along with Burns, the Crimson Tide promoted Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator and Tosh Lupoi to defensive coordinator. Josh Gattis will be the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Pete Golding will coach inside linebackers and be co-defensive coordinator.

Alabama also announced Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski as associate head coaches. Enos will also serve as quarterbacks coach, while Kuligowski will be defensive line coach.

Pro Day date, time announced

Alabama’s 2018 pro day will be held on March 7 at noon CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Pete Burns, Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy will cover the event. McElroy will be live in Tuscaloosa. Alabama will announce the players participating at a later date. It comes just three days after the NFL scouting combine.

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