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Doug Shafer, the program’s defensive coordinator the past four years, succeeds Doug Marrone, who resigned to become coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Middle linebacker Tom Wort will skip his senior season at Oklahoma and declare his eligibility for the NFL draft.
Coach in mix despite shellacking Irish took in BCS title game. So leaving may be an option after all for Brian Kelly.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has added an assistant following some shakeups on the defensive side of his staff. And he’s reaching out to a former Bulldogs coach in the process.
An attorney for Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks says police will not file charges against his client after investigating a sexual assault allegation on the eve of the Alamo Bowl.
When Moore left coaching in 1994 and became Alabama’s assistant athletics director of external affairs, the joke was he was in charge of going around speaking to alumni groups. The joke was on us, however, because Moore is smart and knowledgeable about what a coach needs to win, which makes sense since he coached for 30 years, including for six Alabama national championship teams.
But he’s personable and knows how to gather support. All those stories he told on the speaking trail really did have a purpose in the end.
When it came time to remake all of Alabama’s facilities, he had a grand design and got the support to raise money and make it happen. In 2007, he got the support within his administration to give Saban what was a startling contract at the time — eight years for $32 million, all of which was guaranteed.
Again, Moore doesn’t homer every time. He hired Dennis Franchione, Mike Price and Mike Shula to coach Alabama’s football team, too. But today, those are mouse’s whispers compared to the lion’s roar of Saban’s record with the Crimson Tide.