Vols' assistant Lance Thompson to Alabama

According to a source, Tennessee defensive line coach Lance Thompson has accepted a position on Alabama's coaching staff shortly after former Alabama coach Sal Sunseri was named Tennessee's defensive coordinator on Friday.

Thompson coached the Vols' defensive linemen last season after coaching the Vols' linebackers since he was hired by former Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin in January 2009. He was lauded as being a key recruiter by Kiffin and stayed with Tennessee though the transition to current head coach Derek Dooley.

According to the same source, Thompson was never considered for Tennessee’s previously vacant defensive coordinator position which may have led to his departure.

In recruiting, Thompson has strong ties in the Southeast, particularly in Alabama and Georgia.