Coming off a national championship win, the Alabama Crimson Tide have lost yet another assistant coach, but this time not to Steve Sarkisian’s new staff at Texas. According to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Marshall will hire Alabama running backs and assistant head coach Charles Huff as the program’s head coach.
The news come nearly two weeks after Marshall did not renew the contract of former head coach Doc Holliday. In 2020, Marshall finished 7-3 but lost 17-10 to Buffalo in the Camellia Bowl to end the season.
Huff is ranked by 247Sports as the top recruiter in college football. Helping boost Huff to the No. 1 recruiter spot in the country include commitments from three five-star recruits — offensive tackle JC Latham, wide receiver Jacorey Brooks, and defensive tackle Damon Payne. On top of that, Huff is the lead recruiter for All-American edge rusher Dallas Turner, a borderline five-star prospect, and 247Sports four-star cornerback Devonta Smith.
Huff, 37, arrived to Tuscaloosa from Mississippi State after holding the same position there in 2018 under then-head coach Joe Moorhead. Prior to his stop in Starkville, he served as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for Penn State from 2014-17.
Huff played his college football at Hampton University in Virginia. His coaching career got started in 2006, when he was hired as the offensive line coach at Tennessee State. From there, he moved over to coaching the special teams unit and tight ends the next two seasons. Huff would return to his home state of Maryland and serve as the assistant offensive line coach for the 2009 season. He then returned to his alma mater as run game coordinator and offensive line coach before the 2010 season. Huff got back into the Power Five ranks when he accepted a position on the offensive quality control staff at Vanderbilt in 2011.
After that, Huff made the jump to the NFL, where he served as the running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. He held that position for one year before departing for Western Michigan to coach running backs.
From 2010-20, Holliday finished his tenure 85-54, including one conference title in 2014 and a 6-2 record in bowl games. Huff inherits a pretty good situation for his first career head coaching job.