Joe Kines Face Of Family Tragedy

The news spread quickly Monday, throughout Tuscaloosa but also throughout the state of Alabama. Joe Kines' daughter had been killed and his grandsons seriously injured in an automobile accident.

Joe Kines and his wife Rubye, like many former Alabama coaches, had elected to make Tuscaloosa home following retirement. Indeed, Joe spent last year as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, but continued to live in Tuscaloosa. A primary reason for the Kines staying was this is where their daughter, Susan Langston, and their grandsons, Matthew and Joshua, lived. Susan was married to Northridge High School Assistant Football Coach Keith Langston.

On Monday, Susan was driving her two sons near the high school. A carload of Northridge students was also on the road, coming in the opposite direction. For reasons unknown, the car of students crossed over the center line and hit Susan Langston's car head on.

She died at the scene. Her sons were airlifted to Children's Hospital in Birmingham. The five students in the other car were all injured and taken to DCH Regional Medical Center.

Susan was the only child of Rubye and Joe Kines.

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore said, "All of us in the athletics department were devastated to hear the news of the accident involving Susan Kines Langston. It is a terrible tragedy for Joe and Rubye and our hearts go out to them and their entire family. Our prayers are with the Kines and Langston families during this difficult time."

The accident affected many, many people, but it is Joe Kines who is the face of the family.

Kines had two stints as defensive coordinator at Alabama, first under Ray Perkins in 1985 and 1986, and then under Mike Shula (who had been quarterback of those Perkins' teams) 2003-06. When Shula was fired prior to Bama's Independence Bowl game to conclude the 2006 season, Kines—the assistant head coach under Shula—was acting head coach.

Although Kines was not retained by Nick Saban, Kines was retained by Mal Moore as a special assistant in the athletics department. After two years, he accepted the position of defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, but retired following last season with the Aggies.

Kines, who has an outgoing, genuine personality and great sense of humor, has been a popular speaker, particularly to church and athletics groups.

The Jacksonville State graduate coached at the high school, college (Jacksonville State, Clemson, Florida, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, in addition to Alabama and Texas A&M) and pro (Tampa Bay Bucs) level.

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