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Saban turns to the NFL to fill staff opening

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he has no interest in going back to the NFL to coach, but he has no problem scouring the NFL for assistant coaches to fill out his staff.

As first reported by ESPN The Magazine's Bruce Feldman, Saban has reached an agreement with former Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Sal Sunseri to join Alabama's staff. Sunseri, an All-American linebacker at Pittsburgh, is expected to coach the linebackers for the Crimson Tide.

Sunseri replaces Kevin Steele, who left to take the defensive coordinator job at Clemson. Steele, too, had coached in the NFL previously, as has current Alabama offensive line coach Joe Pendry. Assistants Bobby Williams and Bo Davis have also spent time on NFL staffs.

This isn't the first time Sunseri has worked for Saban. Sunseri was on Saban's staff at LSU in 2000 and also worked under Williams at Michigan State.