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Jeff Stoutland Hiring Immiment

The hiring of Jeff Stoutland as offensive line coach is not official just yet, but he is all but signed, sealed, and delivered. Per the Tuscaloosa News:

... University of Miami assistant coach Jeff Stoutland is expected to be named his [Joe Pendry's] replacement.

Stoutland has interviewed for the position, and the Miami Herald reported Wednesday night that the fourth-year offensive line coach of the Hurricanes had resigned at UM and would join the staff at Alabama.

Expect an announcement in the coming days, perhaps even as soon as tomorrow. Saban may wait until his next scheduled press conference to confirm the news publicly, but regardless, with Stoutland resigning from Miami, I imagine he'll be joining the UA staff in the very near future.

As an additional note, Stoutland was recruiting Cyrus Kouandjio while he was at Miami, and the retirement of Joe Pendry is not expected to impact his recruitment. Kouandjio is still widely expected to sign with Alabama on National Signing Day, and any other end destination would be a major surprise.

Aside from Kouandjio, though, I wouldn't expect the hiring of Stoutland to have any major short-term impact on the recruiting trails. The general decline of Miami as a whole mixed specifically with the turmoil of the past several months has reduced the incoming Hurricane class to their worst in decades -- only about eight commitments now, most of which are lightly-recruited prospects -- so expectations in that regard should be limited. Keep your eye on defensive Anthony Chickillo, as 'Bama would definitely take him and he is taking an official visit to Alabama, but outside of him it will be difficult for Stoutland to make a real impact on the 2011 recruiting class with National Signing Day three weeks from today.