Report: Miami defensive line coach leaving program to join Alabama coaching staff

The college football coaching carousel always takes one final spin post-National Signing Day. Unfortunately for Miami, that carousel has taken one of the Hurricanes' top assistants with it. 

Bruce Feldman reports that assistant head coach/defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski is leaving the 'Canes to coach the same position group with Alabama, proving once and for all that even the Crimson Tide can catch a break from time to time. 

Miami announced on Monday only that Kuligowski was leaving the program to "pursue other opportunities." Football Scoop reported that Kuligowski interviewed for the D-line job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

As Miami fans can already confirm, Kuligowski is one of the top defensive line coaches in college football. The Hurricanes led the FBS last season with 3.39 sacks per game with the defensive line leading the way. Miami also improved dramatically in run defense under Kuligowski's watch. 

Prior to his two years at Miami, Kuligowski had a lengthy stay at Missouri where he developed five defensive linemen into first-round products. Given Alabama's depth and talent at defensive line, this would be a major win for the Tide -- and a nightmare for SEC offensive lines. 

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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