Report: Philadelphia Eagles hire Joe Pannunzio

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Crimson Tide running backs coach returns for second stint with NFL team

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — According to reports, the Philadelphia Eagles have hired former University of Alabama assistant coach Joe Pannunzio.

He had previous worked for the NFL team as the Eagles' director of personnel operations.

Pannunzio returned to Alabama in 2017 to be the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, and was the Crimson Tide's running back coach last season after Burton Burns slid into an off-field role.

He also spent four years with the program as the director of football operations from 2011-14.

Alabama is poised to have two running backs in this year's NFL draft Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris. Many draft experts are calling them the top two players at the position this year.

Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network was first to pin down his hiring. Steve Kerr of 247Sports noted that the Eagles have a vacancy at assistant wide receiver coach after the promotion of Carson Walch to wide receivers coach and the hiring of Roy Istvan as assistant offensive line coach.

Pannunzio was the tight ends coach/special teams coordinator at the University of Miami from 2006-10, and the head coach at Murray State from 2000-05. His initial SEC experience was working five years for Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss (1995-98) and Auburn (1999) as the tight ends and special teams coach. He also served in the same capacity for four years under Jim Wacker at TCU (1991) and Minnesota (1992-94).