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Three UA Assistants Linked to Other Jobs

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Things have been quiet in Tuscaloosa the past two weeks despite the coaching rumor mill being in full effect at nearly every other school in the country, but it looks like that may be about to change. Per a variety of sources, three current UA assistants are apparently at least mentioned for jobs at other schools, and those three coaches are Jim McElwain, Sal Sunseri, and Curt Cignetti.

Jim McElwain was linked to the Texas offensive coordinator position earlier in the day, though it was somewhat in passing, by the Houston Chronicle. Apparently, however, there may be a bit more substance to that report, as now the Tuscaloosa News is reporting the same thing. Per Tommy Deas:

University of Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has emerged as a candidate for the same position at Texas, a source told The Tuscaloosa News.

McElwain's level of interest in the Texas job is not known. Neither McElwain nor UA head coach Nick Saban were available for comment. McElwain recently interviewed for the head coaching position at Colorado.

Outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri is also showing interesting the Pitt job, as we previously speculated may come to pass. From Izzy Gould:

The Pittsbugh Post-Gazette reports Alabama assistant Sal Sunseri has expressed interest in replacing Dave Wannstedt as the head coach at Pittsburgh.

Sunseri graduated from Pitt in 1982, and older son Tino Sunseri is the starting quarterback for the Panthers. Sunseri's younger son, Vinnie Sunseri, has verbally committed to Alabama and is expected to enroll in January.

Finally, UA wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti has apparently interviewed for the head coaching position at Kent State. Per the Tuscaloosa News:

University of Alabama wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Kent State, a source close to the situation told The Tuscaloosa News.

So, what does all of this mean for 'Bama moving forward? For now, I'm not sure it really means much of anything regarding McElwain and Sunseri. A few other names have also been linked to the Texas OC job, and both Gentry Estes and Chase Goodbread tend to think that McElwain's next stop will be a head coaching job. Likewise, unless things have really soured with his time in Tuscaloosa, I have a hard time seeing him accepting what would largely be a lateral move. Moreover, with Sunseri, I don't think it comes as any real surprise that he has expressed interest in the position given his ties to Pitt, the real question is whether or not Pitt returns the favor, and most of the names I've seen to date have been candidates other than Sunseri.

Keep your eye on Cignetti, though, I could see him taking the Kent State job. That move would put him closer to his home state of West Virginia, it would be a clear advancement, and given that Kent State is the alma mater of Nick Saban, you have to imagine he would probably get a ringing endorsement from him as well. I wouldn't worry so much about McElwain and Sunseri for now, but Cignetti may be another story.