What Nick wants, Nick gets.

You may have heard the news that Christmas is coming early for this blogger in that Junior is about to land the Houston job (you’d better have a hefty buyout in that contract, boys).  Assuming that comes to fruition, this will mark the second straight year that Saban lost a coordinator to another school just as the national championship was in sight.

Sooooo… I can’t help but wonder if the Laner has any plans on pulling a Kirby and sticking around Tuscaloosa through the playoffs.  If Phil Savage is to be believed, apparently no such thing is in the works.

Regardless, if Kiffin were to accept another job, Savage said he expects the former Tennessee coach to break ties.

“I happen to think if he gets one of these head jobs he will not stay through the playoffs,” Savage explained. “Last year, we talked about this. When Kirby Smart, who was a loyal lieutenant to Nick Saban, tried to stay through the national championship, there were some ups and downs. It’s hard to serve two masters.

“In this case, there is a built in replacement in Steve Sarkisian. Last year, there really wasn’t a next man up at defensive coordinator.”

Which will beg the question — did Kirby stay out of loyalty to Alabama’s players or Alabama’s head coach?  If it turns out to be the latter to any extent, I hope that McGarity at least got a Christmas card for his kindness.

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42 responses to “What Nick wants, Nick gets.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    There was a column on ESPN.com last week that quoted The Kiffin Kancer saying he would remain at Bama through the playoffs. And if you can’t believe Lane Kiffin, what’s this world coming to?

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  2. markclegg

    What makes Kirby’s decision (and McGarity’s lack of backbone) even more disturbing is that Bama really had 3 DC’s for the playoffs last year – Saban, Smart, and Pruitt.

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  3. I could have swore that Dooley let Richt pull off the same stunt. Maybe Bowden sent him a card too that year.

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    • He did. In that case, it was clear it was about Richt wanting to finish the job, as opposed to something about sticking it out with the players.

      The other difference was that FSU lost. 😉

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      • Will (The Other One)

        Though neither coach’s squad had their best showing (Richt’s offense was shut out, pretty much, and Kirby’s squad gave up lots of yards and points, none of fluke tips like the Ole Miss game either.)

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Dooley did. Of course, we hired Richt just one week before the BCS game, unlike we did with Smart letting him take five weeks away from the job. Richt later admitted it was a mistake to try to do both and he should have started full time at UGA immediately.

      It is the nature of competitive people such as coaches to think they can do anything. It is up to the bosses (specifically, the AD) to tell them “no.”

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  4. MGW

    So what harm came to UGA from Kirby staying at Bama through the playoffs?

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  5. ATL Dawg

    The Georgia Way

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  6. RCBRick

    In Lane Kiffin’s entire career, the closest he has ever come to not immediately doing a shittier job than his predecessor is his single 7-6 season at UT. He is the worst OC at Bama since Saban arrived, this year being the only year their offense has looked like a team that talented should.

    And he still….keeps…..getting…..hired. At least freaking Charlie Weis had a track record of doing something well. Houston is obviously very dumb, but hopefully for their sake they are also dumb enough not to include a big buyout so they have a chance of getting rid of him involuntarily.

    People are so hypnotized by being associated with success, they don’t care how much each individual is actually responsible. So we get Smart, Houston gets Kiffin. Let’s see how that works out.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      So…all those seasons under McIlwain, Nussmeir, where they scored fewer points and had fewer yds than any of Joey Freshwater’s offenses, were actually…better?

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      • RCBRick

        Yes, because points scored doesn’t account for field position. Some years Bama’s D gives you good field position, sometimes it gives you insane field position. It also doesn’t account for game pace, which bizarrely changes across the conference from year to year. Yards/play rank in conference accounts for both of these. For the 4 years before Kiffin, Bama was always in the top 3. Since he’s been there, they are 2nd this year, 6th last year (below Schotty) and 4th the year before.

        Maybe Bama has had mediocre OCs earlier in Saban’s tenure, I don’t recall, but Kiffin definitely makes the list. Chaney could get those results with that talent (ok, maybe that’s a stretch).

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    • Olddawg 55

      I would have to take issue with your opinion..and it is just that. Kiffin has done a very good job at Bama or Saban would have ditched him long ago. The Houston search team has done due diligence in their search. Maybe Kiffen has profited by his association with Saban/Bama and has exorcised all his previous demons. Rest assured your opinion will not count in the equation to hire Kiffen but more professional ones will.

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      • ugafidelis

        Would you say that Kiffin is a “proven” head coach?

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        • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

          He’s proven he can get hired as a head coach. I believe Houston is going to have some buyer’s remorse. Kiffin is talented, but I am not sure he really is a head coach. Same way that I don’t think Pruitt will ever be an effective head coach. Talented, yes, but there’s too many other things involved in head coaching that require tact and knowing how to say the right thing at the right time and I don’t think either one has that knack.

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  7. Bright Idea

    Kiffin ain’t no Kirby when it comes to loyalty and the perseverance to do two jobs at once. There were no doubt problems on both ends with Kirby’s effort and Saban knows trying it with a cat like Kiffin would not work.

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  8. birddawg91

    Didn’t we hire the next man up (Mel Tucker) for our defensive coordinator. i hope Phil Savage just forgot about him!

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  9. PTC DAWG

    I don’t really care.

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  10. 92 grad

    I just hope that this means Washington will win the playoff.

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  11. Jack Klompus

    Was thinking not long ago- Let’s say that Kirby kicks ass the next few year- SEC Championship, playoff appearance w/o MNC- and Saban retires- Does Kirby jump back to Bama, given the opportunity, or stay at UGA?

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  12. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Kirby hasn’t been perfect, no question about it. But him staying to finish the playoffs with Bama – regardless of the reason – is the last thing I would complain about. He didn’t seem to miss anything as far as recruiting last fall, and what he may have lost out on may well have been CMR leaving. I understand there could have been a problem, but it doesn’t seem that it worked out that way. It will be interesting to see how many of Bama’s recruiter the Laner can flip to Houston.

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    • Macallanlover

      I agree, he did the right thing given the circumstances. He did do well in recruiting despite the time limitations, worked his ass off. He did need to have a back up plan for OC when he couldn’t get Enos. The lack of thought on that decision could bring him down if he doesn’t correct it this winter. But finishing the job you agreed to do and helping those kids realize their dreams was the right thing to do. In a non-playoff bowl, I would feel differently.

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  13. Roterhals

    Some of em do….Bud Foster, Mickey Andrews etc

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  14. Assume you also saw the story that the two QBs transferring will also stay until their playoff run is done? Amazing.

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  15. Seriously? You believe Saban and Alabama are going to lose recruits to Kiffin and Houston?

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  16. W Cobb Dawg

    Any chances saban poaches Chaney for the OC opening? I’m not all that worried if he doesn’t stick around for our bowl game.

    Snark aside, even saban’s backup OC, Sarkisian, is better than what we’ve got.

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  17. Keese

    Fire Kirby. Now

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  18. sorry Lame, Major Applewhite got the nod!

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  19. Squatch

    Whether or not it helped Bama or UGA is irrelevant. Smart did the the right thing by seeing through the reminder of the year to his employer and team.

    Unfortunately doing the right thing doesn’t carry much value or get you much credit nowadays.

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