Reports: Tide defensive coordinator Lupoi heads to Browns
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Add defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi to the list of Alabama assistant coaches leaving the program for the NFL, according to multiple reports.
Lupoi, Nick Saban's defensive coordinator for one season after three seasons as the school's outside linebackers coach, will be joining the staff of new Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, according to reports from several media outlets.
Kitchens was a quarterback at Alabama in the mid-1990s.
Lupoi's departure creates the fifth vacancy for Saban to fill since the end of the season, when Alabama fell to Clemson in the national championship game on Jan. 7.
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has taken over as head coach at Maryland; co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is the new offensive coordinator at Michigan; quarterbacks coach Dan Enos was Miami's choice for offensive coordinator; and offensive line coach Brent Key is Georgia Tech's offensive line coach, run coordinator and assistant head coach.
Lupoi spent his collegiate career as a defensive lineman for Cal from 2000-05, leading the Golden Bears defensive line in tackles in 2003 and earning Pac-10 All-Academic recognition two years later.
As Cal's defensive line coach for four seasons, Lupoi's squad led the Pac-12 in total defense in 2011, when opponents gained just 332.9 yards per game.