Two assistant coaches leave Crimson Tide football staff

Courtesy of Alabama Athletics

Offensive line coach Brent Key heading to Georgia Tech, Josh Gattis likely to depart as well

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — According to a variety of reports, the coaching carousel is in full swing again at the University of Alabama with two more assistant coaches heading elsewhere.

Offensive line coach Brent Key has joined Georgia Tech's staff under new head coach Geoff Collins, and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis is the new offensive coordinator at Michigan.

Both moves were announced by their new schools on Thursday.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution first reported the potential addition of Key to the Yellow Jackets last week. He subsequently denied there having been any contact during media day at the National Championship Game.

BamaOnline reported Key's likely looming departure on Thursday morning, which was quickly confirmed by the school.

SBNation reported that Gattis was not expected to return to the Crimson Tide, while looking to make a step up with another program. He had long been rumored to be a possible offensive coordinator for Mike Locksley — Alabama's offensive coordinator this past season — at Maryland.

However, The Athletics reported late Thursday afternoon that he was headed to Michigan to be Jim Harbaugh's new offensive coordinator.

The move subsequently became official:

Collins was once Nick Saban's Director of Player Personnel.

Key was a four-year starter at right guard for the Yellow Jackets (1997-2000), playing for coach George O’Leary. He worked for O'Leary at UCF when Collins was on the staff for two years (2008-09).

During his only season at Alabama, Gattis had the title of co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Sophomore Jerry Jeudy won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the most outstanding receiver in college football.

Saban has been meeting with coaches since returning from the National Championship Game on Tuesday. Last year he made six coaching hires with five being hired away and the NCAA expanded the size of football coaching staffs by one.

This story was updated as more information became available Thursday.


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