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Groh, Taylor Candidates For Bama Job

You can officially scratch Sylvester Croom’s name from the assistant coaching search going on in Tuscaloosa, leaving two other names now in the hopper.

Croom told The Tuscaloosa News on Friday that he is no longer a candidate for the spot opened up when receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti left to take a small college head coaching job.  That leaves Louisville quarterbacks coach Mike Groh and former Bama player Lance Taylor as the two top candidates on the board.

Taylor is currently serving as offensive quality control assistant with the New York Jets.  He served as a grad assistant at Alabama in 2008, under Nick Saban.  He played for Tide from 2000 through 2003.

Groh, meanwhile, is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh.  Saban and the elder Groh coached together on the Cleveland Browns staff in the early ’90s.

Saban has said he has no timetable for making a hire.

Shame things didn’t work out with Croom.  We would have liked to have seen the ex-SEC head coach back in the league and back at his alma mater.

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No Offer From Bama to Croom Yet

According to The St. Louis Dispatch, Sylvester Croom was back at work as running backs coach for the NFL’s Rams yesterday… with no offer from Alabama in hand.

Croom interviewed this past weekend for the vacant assistant coach’s job on Nick Saban’s staff.  Curt Cignetti left his role as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator two weeks ago to take a head coaching job.

Alabama has interviewed Croom, is interested in Louisville quarterback coach Mike Groh, and was interested in Kentucky receivers coach Tee Martin.  Martin is staying at UK after receiving an extension and a new title — passing game coordinator.

The Dispatch believes Croom still might receive an offer from his alma mater. 

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Rumors: Beamer The Younger On Bama’s List, Too

It’s a week before signing day and all through the house, not a creature is stirring… except Nick Saban with a stack of resumes.

Saban is searching for a replacement for departed receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti who took the head coaching job at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last week.

Yesterday, reports surfaced connecting Kentucky receivers coach — and Alabama native — Tee Martin to the Tide’s job.  Former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster has also been named as a candidate.

Now rumors are increasing that South Carolina’s Shane Beamer is a candidate as well.  Beamer worked with the Gamecocks’ special teams and strong safeties last year.  Two weeks ago, Steve Spurrier took the safeties duties off his plate so he could focus on the specialty units.  He is also Carolina’s recruiting coordinator.

It’s doubtful that Alabama will hire Cignetti’s replacement before next Wednesday.  If they do, it means some assistant has left his old school in quite the lurch just prior to signing day.  Here’s guessing neither Joker Phillips nor Steve Spurrier would be very appreciative of such a move.

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Bama Coaching Search Could Include UK’s Martin

Yesterday Nick Saban said he’s had a hard time researching coaches’ resumes while out on the road recruiting.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t rumors to discuss.

Alabama lost receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti to the head coach’s position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last week.  So who’s a possibility to replace him?

Kentucky receivers coach Tee Martin. 

The former national title-winning quarterback at Tennessee just finished his first year on Joker Phillips’ staff in Lexington.  According to the folks at, Martin “is on Nick Saban’s radar as a finalist for the job.”  Martin is an Alabama native. believes former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster “could be a candidate” at Bama, too.

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Cignetti Leaves Bama For IUP

Alabama wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti has been introduced as the new head football coach of Indiana University of Pennsylvania this morning, opening up a slot on Nick Saban’s coaching staff.

Cignetti has been at Bama for four seasons and has been serving as Alabama’s recruiting coordinator.  Here’s guessing Saban can handle it, but losing one’s recruiting coordinator 10 days before signing day figures to be bumpy.

“Curt did an outstanding job for us in his four years at the University of Alabama and I know he will do the same at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,” Saban said.  Cignetti’s father is IUP’s all-time winningest coach.

So let me get this straight — There’s an Indiana of Pennsylvania in addition to a California of Pennsylvania?

On another front, The Tuscaloosa News reports that UA linebackers coach Sal Sunseri is not expected to join old boss John Fox with the Denver Broncos.

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