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Auburn's Willis heads to Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — James Willis is switching sides.

The only Auburn assistant coach retained from Tommy Tuberville's staff has been hired by Alabama as an associate head coach and linebackers coach.

Willis, an Auburn alum, coached linebackers for the Tigers last season and was instrumental in holding together their 2009 recruiting class in the wake of Tuberville's resignation.

He was retained as an assistant by new Auburn coach Gene Chizik on Dec. 26, although his role was never specified.