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Monday, December 29, 2008
Steele on the move from Alabama?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

With coordinators, associate head coaches and the like coming and going in the SEC, the next one on the move could be Alabama's Kevin Steele.

The Crimson Tide's associate head coach and head defensive coach has emerged as the leading candidate to be Clemson's defensive coordinator. Look for a quick decision from Steele following the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

Former Tennessee coach John Chavis was one of the first guys new Clemson coach Dabo Swinney targeted, but Chavis has agreed to join the LSU staff and is expected to be named the Tigers' new defensive coordinator later this week.

Steele went to high school in Dillon, S.C., and has coached everywhere from Tennessee, to Nebraska, to Florida State before joining Nick Saban at Alabama in 2007. He also spent four years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and was the head coach at Baylor from 1999-2002.

A renowned recruiter, Steele has also developed several standout linebackers, including Ernie Sims and Lawrence Timmons at Florida State and Rolando McClain at Alabama.

Some might wonder why Steele would leave Alabama for Clemson. For one, he would be fully in charge of the defense at Clemson, whereas it's more of a collaborative effort at Alabama among Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Steele.