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January 8, 2013

FSU contacts Burns

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | University of Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns has been contacted by Florida State about its vacancy for a running backs coach, Tidesports.com has learned.

Burns won his third national championship as Alabama's running backs coach Monday night in a 42-14 win over Notre Dame. It is unclear whether Burns has been offered the job, or if he would have an interest in the job.

Burns is one of only two assistant coaches on the Alabama staff that have been at UA for Nick Saban's entire tenure as head coach, since 2007, the other being defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. If he were to take a position with the Seminoles, it would be the second hire from Alabama by FSU coach Jimbo Fisher -- a Saban coaching tree limb -- in the last month. Fisher recently hired Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt as its defensive coordinator.

Following a pay raise he received in late March, Burns earns $290,000 annually from Alabama. Burns counts New Orleans, where he is from, among his recruiting responsibilities for the Crimson Tide.

FSU has been without a running backs coach since Eddie Gran took the offensive coordinator position at Cincinnati nearly four weeks ago.

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