Paul Randolph, who has been with Alabama since the abbreviated Mike Price spring practice era of 2003, has been in charge of Bama's defensive ends. He is also considered one of the best recruiters on the Crimson Tide staff.
He is to be formally introduced in his new position at a press conference in Houston Friday.
Randolph, a native of Gainesville, Georgia, and graduate (engineering) of Tennessee-Martin, said, "My stay at Alabama has been tremendous, but at this juncture in my career I look forward to the new challenges ahead."
"Rice head coach Todd Graham and I have been friends for a long time, since we coached together at West Virginia and it is exciting for me to again coach with him," Randolph said.
Randolph came to Alabama from West Virginia, where he coached in 2002. He was at Topledo in 2001, at Illinois State in 2000, at Valdosta State in 1999, and at his alma mater in 1998.
He played for 10 years in the Canadian Football League.
Alabama Coach Mike Shula said, "I would like to thank Paul for all he has meant to our program. We will miss him and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. We have already begun a search for his replacement and plan to have someone in place very soon."