Alabama poaches top Kentucky assistant coach

Saban snags another talented assistant coach.
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The rich continue to get richer.

An SEC coaching shuffle has seen Nick Saban lose two of his top assistant defensive coaches (Kirby Smart, Mel Tucker) to Georgia. As a means to fill Tucker’s spot, Saban has successfully targeted Kentucky assistant coach Derrick Ansley.

Ansley — recently named as Co-Defensive Coordinator under Mark Stoops in Lexington — has been hired as Alabama’s defensive backs coach.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Ansley. He was a graduate assistant at Alabama during the 2010-11 seasons. Ansley is also an Alabama native, having played his college ball at Troy.

The hire is a blow for Kentucky in a number of ways. Ansley is a hungry, young coach with terrific detail for the game. The secondary for UK has gotten steadily better under his leadership — improving annually in each of the three years he’s coached at Kentucky. Not only that, but he’s known as a dynamic recruiter.

Yet again, Alabama and Saban are proving why they’re truly at the top of the college football mountain at this current time.