I f there were any doubts of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s thoughts on his future at Alabama, look no further than this week’s developments at the Capstone. The man who has said repeatedly Alabama is his last stop in coaching is putting a stamp on the future of the program that even an Auburn fan could recognize.
This week offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier announced he was going to Michigan, a move that will probably take him to Ann Arbor for a season or two (before Brady Hoke goes job hunting himself).
Today defensive line coach Chris Rumph announced he was headed to Austin to join Charlie Strong’s staff at Texas.
If there are two areas where Alabama struggled this season, it was on offense and on the defensive line. Hence, you can believe these staffers left on their own if you want, but if so you probably also believe everything you see on the WWE too.
Signs of change are everywhere at Alabama; the only sign you don’t see is Nick Saban settling in for a slow retirement. 11-2 at most places is cause for celebration. At Alabama it means it’s time to re-evaluate where things are and make the necessary changes to continue the dynasty that has made Alabama the most feared and hated name in college football.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher even said it himself. In the week leading up to their game with Auburn, he handed the Tigers the ultimate insult.
“It’s not that I’m not excited to play Auburn,” Fisher said the week before the big game, “I’m just glad it’s not Alabama.”
Alabama football isn’t going anywhere. It is still the golden standard, and news of offseason staff changes points to a head coach not ready to sit on his Lake Burton dock and watch the ducks relieve themselves just yet.
Early names mentioned to replace Rumph include USC assistant and interim head coach Ed Orgeron and former UA DL coach Bo Davis. Davis was named the defensive line coach at USC earlier this week (following three seasons at Texas), but sources indicate that a return to Tuscaloosa would be a welcome invitation.