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.