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Tide adds Clemson assistant to staff
Burns coached running backs

By Mark Edwards 340-2461

New Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced Tuesday that he has hired another assistant coach.

Burton Burns, 54, spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at Clemson. Burns' specific duties have not been determined at this time.

Alabama already has hired seven staff members who likely will serve as on-field coaches. NCAA Division I-A programs can have nine on-field assistant coaches.

Burns served as running backs coach at Clemson. Before that, the New Orleans native spent five years as an assistant at Tulane.

Burns spent nine seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Saint Augustine High School in New Orleans before joining Tommy Bowden's staff at Tulane.

He helped lead Saint Augustine to district titles in 1987, 1992 and 1993.

He also serve as a Saint Augustine assistant during 1977-79 and an assistant at Booker T. Washington High in Shreveport, La.

He spent 1981-85 as an assistant at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

As a player, Burns played fullback at Nebraska under Tom Osborne. He received an education degree in 1976.

A member of Cornhuskers teams that won at least nine games each season he played, Burns played in the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

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