Ducks pick assistant from Alabama
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal has hired longtime Alabama assistant Bobby Williams.
Williams signed a two-year contract with a $300,000 annual base salary Wednesday. The former Michigan State head coach spent the last nine seasons with the Crimson Tide coaching tight ends, special teams and most recently serving as a special assistant to Nick Saban.
Cristobal, an Alabama assistant for four seasons before joining Willie Taggart’s staff at Oregon last year, has hired nine assistants to date.
Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, defensive line coach Joe Salave’a, safeties coach Keith Heyward and wide receivers coach Michael Johnson were all retained.
Cristobal has also hired running backs coach Jim Mastro from Washington State, as well as linebacker coaches Donte Williams from Nebraska and Cort Dennison from Louisville.
Mastro received a three-year $1.1 million contract, Williams a two-year, $575,000 contract and Dennison a two-year $550,000 contract.
The NCAA is allowing a 10th full-time assistant starting this season, which means Cristobal has one more hire to make.