The position of head football coach at Alabama is still open to four candidates.
As a result of Nick Saban’s announcement, Alabama will be looking for a new head coach for the first time since 2007. One of the most significant choices can now be eliminated from the school’s roster.
After announcing that he would be remaining in Oregon, Dan Lanning distanced himself from the present discussion. During a video that was uploaded on Thursday, he stated that the grass “is not always greener” in other places.
Several additional contenders will continue to circulate in the rumor mill. According to the speculation of Brad Crawford of 247Sports, Dabo Swinney, Lane Kiffin, Mike Norvell, and Kalen DeBoer are “still on the card.”
Swinney, who coached receivers and wide receivers for the Alabama Crimson Tide in the past, has connections to Tuscaloosa. In contrast to the other candidates, he has won two national championships, both of which were the result of victory over Alabama in championship games.
This may be the reason why fans of Alabama are against employing the head coach of the Clemson Tigers.
For three seasons, Kiffin served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator under Saban’s direction. Just recently, he led Ole Miss to a win total of ten or more for the second time in the past four seasons.
But Kiffin also stated in 2022 that replacing Saban as Alabama’s next head coach “would not be a good decision for anyone.” Kiffin was referring to the former Alabama head coach.
Norvell is likely of the opinion that Saban’s tenure ought to have come to an end one game earlier, given that Alabama advanced to the College Football Playoff, surpassing his Florida State Seminoles, who were unbeaten. When it comes to the prominent position, he is the betting favorite to win.
DeBoer is another emerging coaching star who has the potential to stick out in the selection process. He led Washington to the National Championship Game, which is a significant accomplishment. DeBoer “sounds like the guy” that Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne would appoint, according to a source who spoke with Ross Dellinger of Yahoo Sports.
These four possibilities are not the only ones available. One other former member of the Saban staff, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, is regularly mentioned in connection with the open position.
Nick Saban’s resignation from Alabama on Wednesday came as a surprise to the entire college football community, despite the fact that whispers about Saban’s retirement had been circulating throughout the whole year. Nevertheless, the time has come for the Crimson Tide to replace a coach who is widely considered to be the most accomplished in the history of the sport. This coach has won a record seven national championships, which is equal to the number of championships won by Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama. Additionally, he has produced 49 first-round NFL Draft picks, won 11 SEC championships, and altered the way the game is played.
As a result, it will be extremely difficult to find someone to replace Saban. There is no doubt that another individual will occupy his office, don the red and white uniform, and prowl the sidelines of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the upcoming fall season. When even the great coach himself was waging that struggle until the very end, it is difficult to imagine how that individual could possibly live up to the standard that Saban established.
There is a huge number of potential candidates for coaching in Alabama. It is certain that the Tide will be moving in the correct direction coming forward if they are able to secure one of these names. CBS Sports will be with you throughout the Alabama coaching search, keeping you updated with the most recent developments as they become available. For the time being, however, it is a situation that requires you to wait and see what happens.
According to sources from Football Scoop and the Tuscaloosa News, two names that Alabama should keep an eye on in their search for a replacement for Nick Saban are the coach of Washington, Kalen DeBoer, and the coach of Florida State, Mike Norvell. DeBoer and Norvell are obvious possibilities for the position, despite the fact that neither of them has ever worked in the Southeastern Conference in any way. This is because Oregon coach Dan Lanning has said that he intends to continue his tenure with the Ducks.
Over the course of his two most recent seasons at Florida State University, Norvell has guided the Seminoles to an ACC championship and has a record of 23-4. After inheriting a 4-8 club, DeBoer has finished his two seasons at Washington with a record of 25-3. He has just led the Huskies to a title in the Pac-12 and a berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship. The names of Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz, Alabama offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, and Maryland coach Mike Locksley are also listed by Football Scoop. These names are associated with less prominent coaching positions. Rees, who is 31 years old, has just finished his first season with the Crimson Tide, while Locksley worked under Saban from 2016 to 2018. While Drinkwitz just guided Mizzou to a breakthrough season that ended with a victory in the Cotton Bowl, Locksley worked under Saban.