TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- New Alabama coach Nick Saban has hired
three assistant coaches.
Kirby Smart, Kevin Steele and Lance Thompson joined his staff
Tuesday, but Saban hadn't assigned them titles or duties.
Smart spent last season as the Miami Dolphins' safeties coach
under Saban after six years at the college level with Georgia, LSU,
Florida State and Valdosta State.
Steele coached Baylor from 1999-02 and spent the last four
seasons as linebackers coach at Florida State. He also worked with
the NFL's Carolina Panthers and at Southeastern Conference rival
Thompson spent the last three years as defensive coordinator at
Central Florida. He coached Alabama's defensive line for two years
starting in 1999, when the Tide won an SEC title. Thompson also
previously worked under Saban at LSU as assistant head coach and
Saban still hasn't named an offensive coordinator. Jimbo Fisher,
who held that job under him and successor Les Miles at LSU,
accepted Florida State's coordinator job Monday.