Former Alabama defensive end Todd Bates reportedly is taking a position on Clemson’s coaching staff.
Bates will be Clemson’s new defensive line coach, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow. The Tigers recently lost defensive ends coach Marion Hobby to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks retired after the season.
Bates played for Alabama from 2001 to ’05. His hiring makes yet another connection between Alabama and Clemson. Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney played and coached for the Crimson Tide. And Swinney actually recruited Bates to come to Tuscaloosa.
Clemson also has three other former Crimson Tide players on staff: Mickey Conn, Lemanski Hall and Thad Turnipseed. The Tigers also have two former Alabama assistants in Woody McCorvey and Danny Pearman.
Bates coached the defensive line at Jacksonville State the last three seasons. Before hiring Bates, the Tigers reportedly were interested in Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph. However, he elected to stay with the Gators.