TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban is sticking to his statement when it comes to the resignation of former defensive line coach Bo Davis.
When asked for insight surrounding Davis’ resignation and if there are still ongoing conversations with the NCAA about potential recruiting violations, Saban wouldn’t reveal any details.
“I’m not going to comment on any personnel decisions or any kind of investigations,” Saban said during Thursday’s SEC West coaches teleconference. “I mean we put a statement out. We’re all about trying to do things right here at Alabama. We’re going to do everything that we can to do it right, make it right. Bo submitted his letter of resignation, and we appreciate the contributions he made to the program here. We wish him the very best in the future.”
Davis resigned last week as a result of being investigated by the NCAA for potential impermissible contact with recruits. During the investigation, Davis was less than truthful when asked about his transgressions.
Longtime NFL assistant coach Karl Dunbar reportedly interviewed for the position. Saban said the process of hiring a replacement for Davis is still ongoing.
“Well, we’re working on it. We’ve interviewed a few people,” Saban said Thursday. “Now is not really a great time for people to be looking for work and out of jobs, and not a good time for anybody to leave the job they’re in. So we’re doing the best job we can to do the due diligence to see what’s available to us, and we’ll hire the best person we can to help develop our players up front.”
Davis was the main recruiter of record for five-star defensive tackles Marvin Wilson and Tyler Shelvin. He is considered one of the nation’s top recruiters. Following the 2016 recruiting cycle, Davis ranked as the No. 2 recruiter in the nation, according to 247Sports.
Davis was hired by Saban in 2007 and left in 2010 for the same position with Texas. He was rehired by Alabama in 2014. His contract ran through the 2017 season.
He is credited with helping change the mindset of Alabama’s defensive line, which helped lead the Crimson Tide to its fourth national championship in seven seasons.
“He switched our whole mentality around ever since Day 1 when he got here,” Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said last season. “I feel like you can definitely see that on the field.”