On Tuesday, the University of Alabama announced that tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jay Graham had resigned. Shortly after that news broke, Graham himself released a statement on social media.

The school suddenly announced Graham’s resignation and didn’t offer an explanation in the official press release. However, the former Crimson Tide assistant offered a bit of insight in a statement he posted to Twitter in which he wrote about making mental health a priority and wanting to “seek professional help.”

“I appreciate Coach Saban and the University of Alabama for their understanding and support during this difficult time.

“The events of the last year have taken a toll on millions of people around the world, not only in lost loved ones or lost jobs but in the unprecedented anxieties and mental health.

“I am taking time away from football to seek professional help immediately, gain a better understanding of mental health and spend time with loved ones. I hope to rebalance my life so that I am able to return to my passion of coaching and helping student-athletes pursue their dreams.

“While mental health issues are not new, they are often difficult to discuss, especially for coaches/athletes. I hope my voice inspires others that may be struggling to seek help.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support, grace and words of encouragement.”

Jay Graham was hired as Alabama’s tight ends coach and special teams coordinator on Feb. 2, but less than months on the job, Graham is parting ways with the Crimson Tide program.

“Jay Graham has resigned his position effective immediately,” Alabama said in a statement.

Graham was hired to replace Jeff Banks, who joined the coaching staff at Texas following the Crimson Tide’s championship-winning season. Graham came to Tuscaloosa after spending the 2020 campaign at Tennessee, his alma mater, as the Volunteers’ running backs coach.

“Jay is well respected across the country for his knowledge of the game and his ability to recruit,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at the time of Graham’s hiring. “He has experience at numerous schools across the SEC footprint with a proven track record for his ability to teach the game and develop young men both on the field and in life.”

Graham was one of five new hires Saban made following the conclusion of the 2020 season, including four on the offensive side of the football. Saban also hired Bill O’Brien (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach), Doug Marrone (offensive line coach), Robert Gillespie (running backs coach) and Jay Valai (cornerbacks coach) earlier this offseason.

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