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Alabama Prepares For Spring Practice Reshuffled

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Alabama yesterday announce their official Spring practice schedule in which it will begin in nearly two weeks. If anyone is hoping for some other open practices besides the A-Day Game on April 21 you can forget it because the rest are closed to the public. Yes, as for some die hard fans, it is tempting not recommended. The school will take their Spring break next week before returning to start business on March 20, and will start it off with a newly reshuffled coaching staff.

There werer eight different positions filled on the coaching staff, with six joining for the first time. Mike Locksley was promoted to offensive coordinator with Tosh Lupoi now defensive coordinator, but still coaching the outside linebackers. Dan Enos who was the former offensive coordinator for Arkansas under Bret Beliema until his release, was Michigan wide receivers coach for a brief time before settling in at the Capstone as quarterbacks coach and will serve as an associate under Saban.

Josh Gattis who helped wide receivers at Penn State rank as one of the best under James Franklin will help do the same for Alabama. Gattis will also serve as co-offensive coordinator under Locksley. Pete Golding comes aboard with defensive coordinator experience but will serve the latter as the assistant to Lupoi and coach inside linebackers. Jeff Banks who served as special teams and tight ends coach for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, will serve the same roll but will have to replace J.K. Scott and Andy Pappanastos.

Craig Kuligowski goes from one revived powerhouse to another contuning the role of defensive line coach where he helped raised the numbers nationally and return them to prominence. Kuligowski coached under legendary Missouri coach Gary Pinkel for 15 seasons. Karl Scott who served as secondary coach at Texas Tech for the last two seasons will have the task of replacing five key defensive starters, but will have a promising class coming up.

The QB battle, kicking situations and defensive replacements will be a huge task for all new coaches involved. With the exception of who could be quarterback, we could see a totally different Alabama team when A-Day approaches. Listed is the practice schedule for Alabama. All times are central.

Tuesday, March 20 — 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 22 — 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 — TBD

Tuesday, March 27 — 3:30 p.m. 

Thursday, March 29 — 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3 — 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 5 — 3:30 p.m.

**Saturday, April 7 — TBD

Monday, April 9 — 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11 — 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13 — 3:30 p.m.

**Saturday, April 14 — TBD

Tuesday, April 17 — 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 19 — 3:30 p.m.

**Saturday, April 21 — 1 p.m.

** indicate scrimmage dates at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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