Reports: Florida losing defensive line coach Sal Sunseri to Alabama after one year

By Adam Silverstein
January 18, 2019
Reports: Florida losing defensive line coach Sal Sunseri to Alabama after one year
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Just one year into his tenure with the Florida Gators, defensive line coach Sal Sunseri is expected to leave the program for the same position with the Alabama Crimson Tide, according to from BamaOnLine.com and multiple other reports. Sunseri just completed the first of a two-year, $1.1 million contract as an assistant under head coach Dan Mullen.

Sunseri, who has 35 years experience in the coaching profession, previously assisted under head coach Nick Saban at LSU (2000) and Alabama (2009-11), serving as a linebackers coach at both stops and an assistant head coach at the latter. It is likely that he will return to coaching his position of choice and add an additional title with his return to the Crimson Tide.

Though it has come late in the postseason, Sunseri is the lone departure from Mullen’s initial staff with the Gators. He will join his son, Vinnie, who Saban added to his staff as a graduate assistant earlier this week.

Florida’s defensive line was a standout unit for the program under Sunseri with Jachai Polite raising his profile to that of an expected first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft this April. With National Signing Day just weeks away, the Gators will likely try to hire a replacement immediately.

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