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Ex-UCF RB Coach/OC, Brent Key, To Coach Tide's Interior Offensive Line

The 37-year old Alabama native returns home, and a staff reshuffling ensues.

Coach O'Leary looks mad enough to kill...again.
Coach O'Leary looks mad enough to kill...again.
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Fairly big news out of Orlando today, as the UCF Knight's former RB coach and offensive coordinator, Brent Key, has been hired on by Nick Saban to coach the interior line:

Former UCF OC Brent Key expected to become Alabama's OL coach |

Former Central Florida offensive coordinator and running backs coach Brent Key is expected to become Alabama’s new offensive line coach, according to sources. As part of the move, Crimson Tide assistant head coach and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is expected to move to tight ends and tackles coach, per the sources. The addition of Key would mean Alabama coach Nick Saban would have to move another current assistant to another role to comply with NCAA rules that limit an FBS coaching staff to nine assistants. It would be a return for the 37-year-old Key to his native Alabama.

With Cristobal moving to coach the tackles and tight ends, that moves ST coordinator and tight end coach Bobby Williams back to his administrative role -- more than likely as a director of player personnel or recruiting coordinator of some stripe. Interesting to see that Key will not be coaching the edges of the line, and looks to be focused on coaching the center and guard positions.

What this means for Alabama's special teams remains uncertain. Bobby Williams will not be able to be a field coach under this scenario, so special teams coaching transition may be an area of concern going into the early stages of 2016.

Welcome Coach Key, and Roll Tide.