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Alabama reportedly will hire ex-Miami, Mizzou d-line coach Craig Kuligowski

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Miami announced Monday night that respected defensive line coach Pete Kuligowski was leaving, and he apparently is in line to become the defensive line coach at Alabama.

Kuligowski coached two seasons at UM under Mark Richt after spending the previous 15 years at Missouri, and his work with the Hurricanes’ front four was lauded. Now, reports say he will be working for Nick Saban. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman was the first to report on the possibility.

The Crimson Tide is looking for a new defensive line coach because Karl Dunbar left last week to work for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He spent two seasons with Alabama.

While there has been no official word on the next stop for Kuligowski, 49, Miami defensive end Chad Thomas, for one, was buying the “he’s going to Alabama” reports. Thomas just finished up his eligibility, and after two lackluster seasons, he played at a high level the past two seasons under Kuligowski.

UM also lost both starting defensive tackles, with Kendrick Norton and R.J. McIntosh turning pro a year early. Both thrived under Kuligowski, with the duo combining for 19 tackles for loss this season. Miami defensive linemen combined for 31.5 sacks this season.

UM tight end coach Todd Hartley presumably was talking about Kuligowski’s departure when he tweeted Monday night. Some of the responses to his tweet pointed out that there are a number of former UM defensive line stars who would make for interesting assistants.

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