January 31st, 2011 09:45 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Mississippi State
Tags: Al Groh, Louisville Mike Groh, Mike Shula, SEC
One name familiar to SEC fans and another — familiar to Nick Saban — appear to be rising to the top of Alabama’s search for a receivers coach. Former Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom has already interviewed for the job while Louisville’s Mike Groh remains a possibility, too.
Croom is a former Alabama player. Everyone remembers the dust-up when Bama hired Mike Shula as its head coach instead of Croom in 2003. Croom then took over at Mississippi State, got in a couple of wins over the Tide (one over Shula, one over Saban), took the Bulldogs to a bowl game… and was then fired when his team took a step backwards in 2008. He is currently the running backs coach for the St. Louis Rams.
Groh is the quarterbacks coach at Louisville. His father is Al Groh, the former Virginia head coach and longtime NFL assistant. The elder Groh is part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree — as is Saban — as both worked together under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns in early 1990s.
The Tuscaloosa News speculates that Saban’s final hire might not necessarily be the team’s receivers coach in 2011. Saban could shuffle his staff and turn the receivers over to another coach already on his staff. Croom has never coached receivers during his lengthy career.
On a sidenote, Croom’s official photo from MSU (at left) is still the most bad-ass shot of an SEC coach we have ever seen.
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