Word that began trickling out Friday finally hit the wire on Sunday night, as Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reported that former Cal and Washington assistant Tosh Lupoi will join the Alabama staff in an unspecified, off-the-field position. A move into the player personnel department feels like a natural fit, especially after Kevin Steele's transition to inside linebackers coach.
Lupoi, of course, has a reputation as one of the most aggressive recruiters on the West Coast. After finishing his playing career at Cal in 2005, Lupoi worked at Cal and Washington for half-a-dozen seasons before a six-week NCAA investigation - in which he was absolved of wrongdoing - left him without a job.
Enter Nick Saban.
Saban, who at 62 has to be entering the twilight of his career, has apparently decided to leave no stone unturned in recruiting. Alabama signed the nation's top recruiting class according to Rivals.com in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, but that success didn't stop Saban from hiring South Florida recruiting dynamo Mario Cristobal as offensive line coach in February 2013.
Coupled with Lane Kiffin's hiring in January, Lupoi would give Alabama another set of experienced eyes on the West Coast for a team that has now cast its recruiting nets well beyond the Southeast. In the freshly-signed 2014 recruiting class, for example, Alabama stretched beyond SEC country to sign offensive linemen from Iowa and Minnesota, a defensive lineman from Virginia, a wide receiver from Ohio, a punter from Colorado and a junior college offensive lineman from California.
If there are players to be found, Saban wants them. Lupoi helps with that.