Alabama football: Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti leaves Crimson Tide

January 22, 2011 

Becomes new head coach at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania

By MICHAEL CASAGRANDE

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

Goodbye, Crimson Tide.

Hello, Crimson Hawks.

Alabama receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti officially made the swap Friday when he was introduced as the new head coach at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He becomes the third Tide assistant to depart since the new year.

He’s the first of the group to take a head coaching job after defensive line coach Bo Davis took the same position at Texas and offensive line coach Joe Pendry retired.

In a way, Cignetti’s new job is like returning home. His father, Frank Cignetti, retired as the head coach of the program in 2005 after 19 seasons.

The younger Cignetti leaves Tuscaloosa after spending the past four seasons on Nick Saban’s staff.

“I believe I grew exponentially as a football coach under coach Saban the last four years, and I thank him for the tremendous opportunity that he gave me,” Cignetti said at his news conference Friday. “He is the CEO of the football program, which is the biggest industry in the state of Alabama. He is an A-plus as a football coach, a motivator, a recruiter, a leader, you name it he has it all. I have learned a lot from him. There will be some Alabama in this program because it definitely molded my thoughts and beliefs.”

Cignetti previously interviewed for the head coaching job at Kent State in December.

but was not hired by the Mid-American Conference school.

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