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Pete Golding leaving Alabama for a role with Ole Miss

Pete Golding is leaving his job as Alabama defensive coordinator for the same position at Ole Miss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding is leaving the program to take the same position at Ole Miss, according to ESPN. Although no official word has been made on the future of current Ole Miss DC Chris Partridge, the report did indicate that Golding will replace Partridge as the Rebels' defensive coordinator.

Golding has long been considered one of the top defensive assistants in college football. He began his coaching career in 2006, with stops at Southeastern LouisianaSouthern Miss and UTSA along the way. He was hired by Alabama in 2018 as a co-defensive coordinator and was promoted to the primary defensive coordinator role on Nick Saban's staff in 2019. 

Alabama's defense ranked second in the SEC this past season in both points (18.0) and yards (311.3) allowed per game. The Crimson Tide held eight of their 13 opponents to 20 points or fewer in 2022, but did allow a combined 84 points in their two losses to Tennessee and LSU.

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FILE - Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding works with linebacker Christian Harris (8) as Henry To'oTo'o (10) listens at left during the NCAA college football team's practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in this Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, file photo. Another college football season will start with everyone chasing the Tide. Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason college football poll released Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Golding, 38, will be tasked with taking over an Ole Miss defense that ranked No. 75 in total defense and No. 57 in scoring defense under Partridge. The Rebels lost four straight to close out the 2022 season, allowing 34.5 PPG over that stretch.

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