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January 15, 2014

DB coach Greg Brown to step down

As TideSports.com made mention of in our report Monday night, University of Alabama secondary coach Greg Brown will step down from his position, TideSports.com has learned.

ESPN.com first reported the news.

Brown coached at UA for one season and made $300,000.

The move frees up a position on the coaching staff for Kevin Steele to return to an on-the-field coach. He served as Alabama's director of player personnel in 2013 and UA's defensive coordinator under Nick Saban in 2007-08.

Steele declined an offer to become Louisville's defensive coordinator earlier this month, deciding to stay at UA.

While not directed at Brown, Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart expressed concern over the secondary at times in 2013.

"We've been evaluating our options at corner all year long," Saban said prior to the Sugar Bowl Smart said the staff was accustomed to struggling in that area.

"We've kind of always had one key guy with all the first-round, second-round (draft pick) corners we've had," Smart said. "We've always had a staple guy there, then kind of an understudy that was the other one who was an up-and-coming corner. Hasn't been that way this year. It's been frustrating.

"So it's been a struggle."

Alabama officially announced the hiring of new defensive line coach Bo Davis. Davis, who coached defensive line at UA from 2007-10, replaces Chris Rumph, who accepted the defensive line coaching position at Texas.

"We are happy to have Bo and his family back at Alabama," Saban said. "Bo has been with us for a number of years and he has a really good understanding of the program and what is expected in terms of his role on our defensive staff. Bo is an outstanding coach and recruiter, and does an excellent job in terms of developing and building relationships with the players."

Davis said it was nice to be back at Alabama.

"We have a lot of great friends here on staff and in the community so our family is looking forward to returning to Tuscaloosa," Davis said. "I've been lucky enough to work with Coach Saban at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, and I'm grateful for all that he has done for me through the years. This is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity Coach Saban and Kirby Smart have offered me."

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Reach Aaron Suttles at aaron.suttles@tuscaloosanews.com or 205.722.0229.

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