South Alabama is hiring UAB offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bryant Vincent, a source told SI.com's Thayer Evans. Vincent takes over an offense that ranked near the bottom of the Sun Belt but still helped the Jaguars make their first bowl game in program history this season.
Alabama-Birmingham offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bryant Vincent has been hired in the same role at South Alabama, according to a source.
Vincent, 38, oversaw a UAB offense that ranked 37th nationally in points scored this season, his first year as an offensive coordinator in major college football. His fast-paced spread unit was a big reason the Blazers (6-6) became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2004, the program’s lone bowl appearance.
Vincent's official hiring is expected to be announced later this week, per the source.
Under Vincent, UAB scored the most points allowed by Mississippi State this season during a 47-34 road loss to the Bulldogs in early September. Last week, UAB announced it was shutting down its football program.
Vincent is the second Blazers assistant to get a new job, joining wide receivers coach Cornelius Williams, who left to coach receivers at Troy.
Prior to this season with the Blazers, Vincent had been an assistant coach at South Alabama for three years. In his last two seasons with the Jaguars as quarterbacks coach South Alabama set school records for passing yards both years.
Vincent reunites with South Alabama coach Joey Jones, who started up the Jaguars program seven years ago and has overseen its transition to the FBS. Before joining South Alabama in 2011, Vincent coached high school football for 12 years, including four as head coach at Spanish Fort (Ala.) High, where he won a state title in 2010.
Vincent replaces Robert Matthews, who was dismissed after three seasons as offensive coordinator. The Jaguars (6-6) will make their first bowl appearance in program history this season, the Camellia Bowl on Dec. 20 vs. Bowling Green (7-6), but ranked near the bottom of the Sun Belt in offense this season.