Tosh Lupoi leaves Alabama to take on Cleveland Browns

Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is leaving Tuscaloosa to obtain employment with Cleveland Browns, sources told ESPN.

Lupo's departure adds Alabama head coach Nick Saban another hole to fill his coaching staff.

With the Crimson Tide losing to Clemson on January 7 at the College Football Playoff National Championship, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley (Maryland), co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis (Michigan), quarterback manager Dan Enos (Miami) and The offensive line trainer Brent Key (Georgia Tech) have all left.

The Browns hired Freddie Kitchens, a former Alabama quarterback, as head coach this week.

Fox Sports first reported Lupois departure.

Butch Jones will remain in Alabama for the 2019 season, ESPN said.

Jones, who served as an offensive analyst for Saban last fall, remains to be determined. The former head coach in Tennessee, Cincinnati and Central Michigan could fill one of Alabama's offensive vacancies or act as an analyst or consultant in a senior position.

Jones was mentioned as a candidate for Maryland's coaching staff under Locksley, who was Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2018 and worked with Jones. But on Wednesday, Maryland announced three offensive employees, including coordinator Scottie Montgomery, most recently the head coach of East Carolina.

Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg of ESPN contributed to this report.


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