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Alles and Pendry added to Tide staff

By Josh Cooper · 340-2462

TUSCALOOSA — Todd Alles and Joe Pendry are the newest additions to the Alabama football family.

Former program assistant for operations and recruiting at Ohio State, Alles had been reportedly added Tuesday, but Alabama head football Nick Saban officially released word on his hiring Thursday. Pendry, the former Houston Texans offensive line coach, also was named Thursday.

They join Kevin Steele, Lance Thompson and Kirby Smart on Saban’s staff as Alabama gets prepares for recruiting next week.

“I used to look for people that had some of the same characteristics, same qualities that drove me,” Saban said. “I want everybody that had a different strength. The combination of those strengths is what’s going to make our staff the best.”

According to people who have covered and been around some of Saban’s hires, he has been true to his word of getting people with similar characteristics to him.

Former Georgia coach Ray Goff spoke highly of Smart, who played under Goff with the Bulldogs. Smart was a defensive back there from 1995-1998.

“He gets up in your face. He’s a go-getter,” Goff said. “He’s young, and he’s real knowledgeable about football.”

Pendry is considered to be an old-school guy, who has coached almost every position on offense. While he has little experience coaching in college — Kansas State (1975), Pittsburgh (1978-79), and Michigan State (1980-81) — he has had 19 years coaching in the pros. He is not noted as an innovator, but he has been around for a while.

Pendry took over the offensive coordinator duties for the Texans in 2005 after the second game of the season — and will help whomever else Saban will bring in on offense.

Sources indicate that it could be former Rice offensive coordinator Major Applewhite or Dolphins’ quarterbacks coach Jason Garrett.

Saban did not say whether an offensive coordinator was close to being named but did say that it was important to hire the right guy.

“I don’t want to be shortsighted that (a recruit) is going to make their decision about this school based on who the offensive coordinator is going to be,” Saban said. “We’re talking about making decisions for the wrong reasons.”

Alles has been involved in college football for 28 years. He started his career was a walk-on for legendary coach Woody Hayes with Ohio State in the mid 1970s.

He was part of OSU’s Big Ten championship teams in 1974 and 1975 and then moved into the graduate assistant realm in 1976.

“I’ve known Todd for a long time, he’s from a very successful program at Ohio State,” Saban said. “I’ve felt like getting some information based on how they do things, more from an administrative standpoint, not necessarily from a football standpoint on the field would be advantageous to this program.”

Alles has been at Ohio State for two seasons. Last year the Buckeyes defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl and this year lost to Florida, 41-14 in the national championship.

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