Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley leaving the program

Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley leaving the program

Ansley will coach the Crimson Tide on Monday night in the College Football Playoff Championship Game against Georgia.

We look at Ansley's history, which started at Troy University as a player, went through D-III Huntingdon College and has him now with the Alabama Crimson Tide as their DBs coach.

Ansley is a graduate of Troy University and has been the defensive backs coach for the Crimson Tide the last two seasons.

Alabama is losing another member of its defensive coaching staff.

This season, Ansley has helped coach an Alabama pass defense that ranks No. 3 in the nation, holding opponents to 160.6 yards per game through the air.

Ansley, a native of Alabama native, took over Alabama's secondary in 2016. He also was equally successful at Kentucky, where he was promoted two times in three seasons and was ultimately named co-defensive coordinator in 2016 before returning to Nick Saban's staff.

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Derrick Ansley agreed to become the new CSU defensive coordinator on January 8.

Alabama hired former UTSA defensive coordinator Pete Golding last month.

Ansey likely could be taking a pay cut to move up the coaching ladder as a defensive coordinator in the Mountain West.

How Alabama will restructure its defensive staff is unclear. In head coach Mike Bobo's third season, the Rams booked their third consecutive 7-6 season this fall, concluding with a loss to Marshall in the New Mexico Bowl.

If he is half as successful at turning around this defense as he has been as an assistant coach in the SEC, the CSU football program will be in excellent position to compete for conference championships for the foreseeable future.

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