Sunseri, Cignetti, McElwain eyed
By MICHAEL CASAGRANDE
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
It’s the season for college football coaching changes, and a host of Alabama assistants are reportedly in the spirit.
Three Crimson Tide staff members have been linked to a range of coaching openings at an even broader cross section of destinations.
Of the three, two are position coaches who are in the mix for head coaching jobs while offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is being mentioned in connection with the same job at the University of Texas.
As of Friday night, though, Nick Saban’s staff is still intact as the Tide prepares for a New Year’s Day meeting with Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.
An Alabama spokesman could not confirm whether any of the other schools had contacted Alabama for permission to interview the assistants.
McElwain -- recently a candidate who interviewed for the head job at Colorado -- was mentioned by The Tuscaloosa News as a possible replacement for Greg Davis, who resigned after 13 years on Mack Brown’s staff.
McElwain is completing his third season in Tuscaloosa after replacing Major Applewhite, who is also among those being considered for the Texas job.
The News also reported on its website Friday that Alabama wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti had interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Kent State. The alma mater of Nick Saban will open the 2011 season in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Tide linebackers coach Sal Sunseri also was linked to a head coaching job in several published reports Friday. The Pittsburgh alumnus was listed among the candidates for the Panthers’ opening. Sunseri’s son Tino Sunseri is the starting quarter back for Pitt, which plays in Birmingham in the Jan. 8 BBVA Compass Bank Bowl.