TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Friday that the Crimson Tide has hired UT-San Antonio assistant coach Pete Golding to their staff.
Golding spent the past two years as the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach for UTSA.
“We hired Pete Golding as an assistant coach,” Saban said Friday. “Technically, we’re hiring him as the 10th coach, which we can do, but he can’t be activated as a coach on the field until Jan. 9. We’ll address the other staff issues when we get finished playing. I don’t have time right now to do a search, get ready for this game, recruit, have an early signing date and try to hire coaches, too.
“There’s just not enough time in the day. When we get more information about staff issues, we’ll certainly pass them along to you. But right now we don’t have any more information relative to that.”
Golding’s specific role should become more clear once Alabama’s playoff run is done.
Along with Golding, Saban also provided an update on outgoing defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt, who accepted the head coaching position at Tennessee, was not spotted at practice on Friday. Saban said the team will welcome Pruitt back on Sunday.
“Certainly happy for the opportunity that he has,” Saban said of Pruitt. “He’s done a wonderful job for us and we’ll do as much as we can to support him to be able to do what he needs to do here to help our players and our team. I appreciate what he’s doing to show the graduate that he has for how the players work for him all year to help have the success to help him get the opportunity.”
Saban said it’ll take Alabama’s entire defensive staff to fill in for Pruitt for these first couple of practices.
“We’re all kind of filling in where we can,” Saban said. “We have an intern who has worked with Jeremy all year long, Wes Neighbors, who knows everything they do and what the guys are supposed to do, so for these two practices that Jeremy is not going to be here, he’s doing that. Tosh [Lupoi] is the other linebacker coach, so he’s kind of overseeing it. That’s basically how we’re operating for two days.”
Alabama football earned the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff. It will be the Crimson Tide’s fourth appearance in the playoff’s four-year history. Alabama will face No. 1 Clemson on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal. No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl semifinal.