Billy Napier bolts FSU, joins Nick Saban's Alabama staff as receivers coach

Former Clemson offensive coordinator leaving position as TE coach, recruiting coordinator for Seminoles

Billy Napier

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Billy Napier

Just two months after taking the position of tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Jimbo Fisher at Florida State, former Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier is on the move again.

According to reports in the Orlando Sentinel and Birmingham News, Napier has been hired as wide receivers coach on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

Napier, who served as a 'quality control assistant' at Alabama in 2011, will replace Mike Groh, who left the Crimson Tide this week to take a job with the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Napier, a Furman graduate who was hired at Florida State in January, spent last season at Colorado State, serving as former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain's assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach.

Napier began his coaching career at Clemson, where he served as a graduate assistant in 2003. He returned to Clemson in 2006 after serving one year as South Carolina State's quarterbacks coach. He served as recruiting coordinator at Clemson before being promoted to the position of offensive coordinator when Dabo Swinney became head coach. Napier was Clemson's OC for two seasons before being fired after the 2010 season.

Napier's addition gives Saban four former Clemson coaches on his Alabama staff, as he joins running backs coach Burton Burns, defensive line coach Chris Rumph and former Tiger defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who was hired earlier this week as director of player personnel.

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Comments » 2

jarheadtiger writes:

What is going on in Tallahassee? Is it just me or are coaches jumping ship like its the Titanic? Is Jimbos staff that much of a Dumpster fire?

TigerMarine writes:

Dunno brother guess Jumbo just ain't Bobby

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