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Tide staff down
to 3 openings

Saban adds Davis,
Marshall, Middleton

By Mark Edwards
medwards@decaturdaily.com 340-2461

When NCAA rules allow Division I-A coaches to hit the road recruiting Monday, Alabama's Nick Saban will have a full compliment of coaches to send out.

Saban announced three more hirings Friday afternoon: Miami Dolphins assistant Bo Davis, former Houston Texans assistant Steve Marshall and Tampa Bay Bucs assistant Ron Middleton.

Saban did not announce specific duties or titles.

Including three assistant coaches hired earlier, Saban has filled six of the nine spots on his staff. Schools are allowed to send out a maximum of seven coaches and one time, and the six assistants and Saban will make seven for Alabama.

Alabama already has hired Kevin Steele, Lance Thompson and Kirby Smart.

  • Bo Davis: Davis served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and assistant defensive line coach with the Dolphins under Saban this past season.

    Before moving to Miami, Davis spent 2002-205 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU under Saban and current Tigers head coach Les Miles.

    Davis played football at LSU from 1990-92, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a nose guard in 1992. Davis capped
    his LSU career with 90 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

  • Steve Marshall: Marshall coached offensive tackles for the Houston Texans in 2004 and oversaw the entire offensive line in 2005. He was fired after the season and spent 2006 out of coaching.

    Before joining the Texans, Marshall spent 2000-03 at Colorado.

    He also coordinated the offenses at Virginia Tech (1987-92), Texas A&M (1997) and North Carolina (1998-99). Marshall played offensive guard and tight end at Louisville in 1976-78.

    He coached offensive line at Tennessee during 1993-95.

    Saban hired Marshall on the recommendation of Joe Pendry, who was offensive coordinator with the Texans when Marshall as there.

  • Ron Middleton: Middleton spent the last two seasons as tight ends and assistant special teams coach for the Bucs.

    Before that, he spent 1999-2003 at Ole Miss. Before Ole Miss, Middleton coached tight ends, offensive tackles and special teams at Troy State from 1997-98.

    He played at Auburn and spent 1986-95 as an NFL tight end with five different teams.

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