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Ex-Miami coach has joined a new football team. Here’s where he’s going.

Miami Hurricanes defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski speaks to journalists on National Signing Day at the University of Miami's Schwartz Center in Coral Gables on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.
Miami Hurricanes defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski speaks to journalists on National Signing Day at the University of Miami's Schwartz Center in Coral Gables on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. mocner@miamiherald.com

Three days after the University of Miami announced that defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski was leaving the Hurricanes program, his destination is now set in stone.

Alabama announced Thursday afternoon that Kuligowski, known as “Coach Kool” by players, will join Nick Saban’s staff as associate head coach and defensive line coach.

Saban and Kuligowski have a bit of history together. Kuligowski was a senior offensive lineman at Toledo in 1990 — Saban’s first year as a head football coach.

Now, 28 years later, the two will reunite in Tuscaloosa where Kuligowski will help the Crimson Tide continue their torrid run of dominance in the college football world.

Since Saban took over at Alabama in 2007, the Crimson Tide boasts a 127-20 record and has won five national championships, including two in the past three years.

“Coach’s program is the model of consistency,” Kuligowski said in a release, “and I am looking forward to helping continue that tradition of success with an exceptional group of players and coaches.”

Kuligowski, 49, brings 24 years of coaching experience to the Alabama staff, which includes the past two years on Mark Richt’s staff at Miami during which Miami’s defensive line morphed into one of the best in college football. The Hurricanes led the nation last year with an average of 3.39 sacks per game and ranked fourth overall with 8.54 tackles for loss per game.

“He is an outstanding football coach who will bring great energy to our program,” Saban said about Kuligowski in a release. “Craig does a tremendous job of developing players and has proven to be an exceptional recruiter.”

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