Alabama Crimson Tide Football Program Passed on Hiring Assistant Coach After Background Check

Due Diligence Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 3, 2019, Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban told the media at a press conference that he did not offer a coaching position to former Ohio State Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith after a background check conducted in 2018, according to a report from Sports Illustrated (SI).

“When we did a background check, we decided it was better to hire someone else,” Saban said about Smith, who was fired by the Buckeyes in 2018 after an order of protection was filed against him by his ex-wife following an investigation for assault and domestic violence, SI reported.

On August 2, 2019, SI reported that Ohio State released text messages between Smith and former Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer that indicated Saban had offered Smith a coaching position after the 2017 season before the background check caused Alabama to hire someone else.

A survey released in May of 2019 by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – a not-for-profit trade organization representing the background screening industry – and HR.com revealed that 96 percent of employers conduct some type of background check on job applicants.

“Every employer assumes a large invisible burden when hiring workers. That burden is the obligation – the duty – to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others. The legal description of the duty of care is called due diligence,” according to ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ written by Attorney Lester Rosen.

“The employer’s duty to exercise due diligence means the employer must consider if a potential new employee represents a risk to others in view of the nature of the job,” wrote Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR).

“Employers need to take reasonable efforts to avoid allowing a bad hire – someone who is too unfit, dishonest, unqualified, disruptive, or dangerous for the job – from even entering the workforce in the first place,” wrote Rosen, a noted speaker and writer on the subject of due diligence background checks.

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