University of Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key is expected to join the staff of new Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins following Alabama’s appearance in the College Football Championship game on Monday night, the Atlanta Journal reported on Thursday.

Key has served as Alabama’s offensive line coach for three seasons, with Alabama appearing in the CFP Championship in all three years. He has also been a top recruiter for Alabama and was the lead recruiter for several top offensive linemen signed by the Crimson Tide in the just-completed December signing period.

Per his contract, Key’s salary at Alabama was $490,000 this year. The AJC did not cite a potential salary for Key but Collins, who was hired away from Temple last month, was reportedly guaranteed an expanded staff budget by the Georgia Tech administration.

Key was a four-year starter at right guard for the Yellow Jackets (1997-2000), playing for coach George O’Leary.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be replacing at least one other assistant coach after Monday’s game with Clemson. UA offensive coordinator Mike Locksley accepted the head coaching position at Maryland last month.


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