Report: Former Alabama assistant Billy Napier to become head coach at Louisiana Lafayette

Another member from Alabama’s 2016 coaching staff is going to be a head coach.

According to a report from footballscoop.com, Louisiana-Lafayette is going to hire Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as the school’s head coach. He will replace Mark Hudspeth, who has since joined Joe Moorhead’s staff at Mississippi State.

Napier was Alabama’s wide receiver’s coach from 2013-16 and left last season to join Todd Graham”s staff at Arizona State. Graham was fired at Arizona State and replaced by Herm Edwards in a rather puzzling move.

With Napier now becoming a head coach, he is the fourth Alabama assistant from the 2016 staff to become a head coach. He joins Lane Kiffin, the Alabama offensive coordinator who led FAU to a conference championship in his first year, Jeremy Pruitt, the defensive coordinator who was hired at Tennessee and Mario Cristobal, who was the offensive line coach who went from being Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator to becoming the head coach after Willie Taggart left to become the head coach at Florida State.

The Nick Saban coaching tree only continues to get stronger, especially when you add in that Kirby Smart led Georgia to the College Football Playoff in his second season as the coach. The Bulldogs take on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, while Alabama takes on Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Both of those games will be played on New Year’s Day.

Napier will make a return trip to Tuscaloosa next year, as his team takes on the Crimson Tide on Sept. 29. He will also face off against Mississippi State, who plays Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15.

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