News broke on Sunday that Pitt defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was under consideration for the vacant defensive line coach position at Alabama and he had interviewed for the job. However, on Thursday, Alabama issued a statement announcing that Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski had accepted the position with the Crimson Tide.
Kuligowski previously played for Alabama head coach Nick Saban during his senior season at Toledo in 1990 and has been Miami’s defensive line coach for two years. Prior to his time with the Hurricanes, Kuligowski coached at Missouri for 15 years, developing 24 defensive linemen into all-conference players. He also produced four first-round NFL draft picks since 2009.
For Pitt, the move means Partridge will continue his role with the Panthers coaching staff as a prized recruiter specializing in drawing talent out of his home state of Florida. He’ll also get more time to develop the team’s young talent along the defensive line, such as Keyshon Camp, Jaylen Twyman, Rashad Weaver and Rashad Wheeler.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi will undoubtedly breathe a sigh of relief, too, as he has already lost defensive coordinator Josh Conklin, who left to become Wofford’s head coach; defensive backs coach Renaldo Hill, who took a job with the Miami Dolphins; and John Peterson, whose services were not retained after a three-year stint with the team.