Ole Miss is finalizing a deal to name Pete Golding its new defensive coordinator to replace Chris Partridge, ESPN’s Chris Low reports.
Golding most recently served as Alabama’s defensive coordinator under Nick Saban since 2018 and played an instrumental role in the team winning the national championship in 2021.
The Crimson Tide’s defense ranked fourth nationally in yards per play and 13th in the country in total yards during the 2022 season.
Pete Golding is leaving @AlabamaFTBL to replace Chris Partridge as defensive coordinator at @OleMissFB, sources tell ESPN. Golding has been with Nick Saban at Alabama since 2018, the last four seasons as defensive coordinator.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 13, 2023
Though there are no official reports of Partridge being fired, it has been rumored that Lane Kiffin has encouraged him to explore other job opportunities.
Partridge has served under Kiffin for three years at Ole Miss — two as co-defensive coordinator with D.J. Durkin before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2022 season.
This is a developing story. More updates will be provided when made available.