Lance Thompson returns to Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- According to a source, Tennessee defensive line coach Lance Thompson has accepted a position on Alabama's coaching staff, just a couple of days after former Alabama assistant coach Sal Sunseri was named Tennessee's defensive coordinator.

Thompson coached the Vols' defensive linemen last season. He was hired by former Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin in January 2009 and served as the linebackers coach. Thompson was lauded as being a key recruiter by Kiffin and stayed with Tennessee though the transition to current head coach Derek Dooley.

According to the same source, Thompson was never considered for Tennessee's previously vacant defensive coordinator position which may have led to his departure.

In recruiting, Thompson has strong ties in the Southeast, particularly in Alabama and Georgia.