Happy Friday, everyone. Or as happy as it can be, anyway, considering the news of the week. The Gym Tide celebrate Big Al’s birthday as they host 3rd-ranked Mizzou tonight, at 6pm on SEC Network. Men’s basketball heads to Starkville tomorrow night, where 5th ranked Tennessee went down on Wednesday. The women put a beatdown on Georgia in Athens last night, which is always a good thing.
If you’re looking for clues about the next coach, and I know you are, perhaps Nick Kelly has one.
This may mean nothing, or it may mean something. Alabama fans seem to be divided on DeBoer because he doesn’t have SEC ties, but every candidate is going to have warts because they are being compared to Saban. Only four active coaches have won a national title. Two of them were promoted into their jobs, one was pulled out of retirement, and the other is Jim Harbaugh.
Landing a dude who has a P5 conference title, national title game appearance and national coach of the year honor is something that only the very best programs could pull off. If DeBoer is the hire, it’s tough not to call that a great pull.
The problem, of course, is that nobody out there is going to be Nicholas Lou Saban. Blake Sims would prefer that we all shut up about the hire and watch this video.
Can we stop talking about the next coach and give this man his flowers for the next two weeks. I haven’t even got to the point of how great of a coach he is I’m still thinking about the lessons, the way he treated me and my brothers. Want be the same coming home but we got you! https://t.co/wWOF25XoiI— Blake Sims (@blakesims) January 12, 2024
They say you shouldn’t cry because it’s over but smile because it happened, or something.
The Athletic reported on how some of Alabama’s recruits reacted to the news.
“That’s why you sign with a school and not coaches. That can change at any moment,” Travis Roland, Mincey’s coach at Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland, said Thursday.
“I don’t think Zavier was worried about (coach Saban retiring) at all (during the recruiting process). Obviously, he did choose Alabama because of coach Saban. That had a lot to do with it. But I think he and (his) mom have had a conversation, and they’re in a good space right now as a family with where they’re at. He knows he has 30 days (to enter the transfer portal). He’s a little heartbroken because coach Saban is gone. But he’s OK. I would imagine he’ll let the process play out.”
Let’s hope they all have that mentality.
There’s really nothing else to report on today, folks. We’re in a holding pattern and will let you know as soon as any news breaks.