Alabama’s Kevin Steele is leaving Alabama to be the defensive coordinator at Clemson, according to press releases from both schools on Friday.
“I am very excited to join Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson,” Steele said. “It feels great to return to the state of South Carolina. I have recruited this state for many years and feel at home in this area.
“Clemson has an outstanding tradition and I am excited about the opportunity to work for Coach Swinney who is one of the bright young coaches in the game.”
Steele will coach Clemson’s linebackers in addition to serving as defensive coordinator.
Steele spent the last two seasons at Alabama under Nick Saban. He was the defensive coordinator in 2007 before assuming the title of Associate Head Coach and Head Coach of the Defense for the 2008 season.
Alabama ranked third in the nation in total defense (256.9), fourth in rushing defense (78.85), sixth in scoring defense (13.0) and 13th in pass efficiency defense (101.63 rating points) at the end of the regular season.