Crimson Tide’s sudden resignation of Nick Saban prompted them to hire Washington’s Kalen Deboer, avoiding a mistake that has plagued programs for the past half century. Kudos to Alabama for looking beyond their boundaries.
Operating as the CEO of a Fortune 500 football program is one of the most stressful and scrutinized jobs in the multi-billion dollar college athletics industry. University sports departments at all levels fear breaking free from unoriginal thoughts, such as pushing former assistants like Lana Kiffin to the top. Outside of these walls, there are dozens of brilliant coaches who have done exemplary work at less prestigious programs.