Colorado State Rams head coach Mike Bobo paces the sidelines during the game against the Nevada Wolfpack at the CSU Stadium Oct. 14, 2017. Rams won 44-42.

Colorado State coach Mike Bobo is staying true to his southern roots in completing the Rams’ 2018 football coaching staff.

Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley has accepted an offer to become CSU’s next defensive coordinator, a source close to the team confirmed to The Denver Post. Ansley replaces Marty English, who announced he would retire following the New Mexico Bowl.

FootballScoop.com first reported the news early Monday.

Ansley spent the past two seasons coaching defensive backs for the Crimson Tide after multiple stops in the SEC: Kentucky (defensive backs, 2013-15), Tennessee (defensive backs, 2012) and as an Alabama graduate assistant from 2010-11. He oversaw arguably the country’s top passing defense in 2018 with the Tide leading college football in pass efficiency defense entering the national championship game against Georgia tonight at 6 p.m.

Bobo said previously that his new defensive coordinator will have the authority to hire his entire staff after cornerbacks coach Terry Fair departed for Tennessee, while defensive line coach Ricky Logo and safeties coach/special teams coordinator Jamie Bryant were not retained. CSU will also hire an additional defensive coach as its 10th full-time assistant.

This story will be updated.

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