published Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Billy Napier official as Tide receivers coach

Billy Napier was announced Friday evening as Alabama's new receivers coach.

Napier was an offensive quality control assistant for the Crimson Tide in 2011 and spent last season as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at Colorado State. The move had been expected since former Alabama receivers coach Mike Groh left for the same role with the Chicago Bears more than a week ago.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said the first call he made once the position opened was to Napier, a former Murray County High and Furman University quarterback.

"He is a sharp young coach, and he'll be a great addition working with the wide receivers," Saban said. "We also feel that he will be a tremendous asset to our staff in the recruiting process."

Napier spent five seasons at Clemson, serving as offensive coordinator in 2009 and '10, before his first stint in Tuscaloosa.

"From a professional development standpoint, it was the best year in my coaching career," Napier said. "When you've been here and seen it firsthand, you know that you want to try and get back to Alabama if that opportunity ever presents itself. I am excited to be back and appreciate Coach Saban offering me the position."

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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