Long-time readers of the blog will remember the absolute glee I took in learning that Lane Kiffin ditched Tennessee for Southern Cal.
I bring this up now because of an item in today’s Mandel Mailbag ($$). A reader asks who Alabama would turn to if Nick Saban suddenly decided to call it a day in Tuscaloosa. Mandel rejects the thought of an internal promotion (yeah, including Booch), as well as Dabo jumping ship for what Mandel refers to as a lateral move (ouch). After skipping past Corch, here’s where Mandel goes next.
So then it would become — which of Saban’s protégés is A) qualified and B) interested? Georgia’s Kirby Smart is qualified but probably not interested. Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt would be very interested but is not yet qualified.
I think we all expect Pruitt would crawl over broken glass for the Alabama job were it offered. My question is where that abandonment would rate on the Lulu and Junior departure scale, assuming that, oh, John Currie rated a zero and the Laner a white-hot ten. I don’t sense that the UT fan base is quite as emotionally invested in Pruitt as it was in Kiffin, but on the other hand, Fulmer is. (On the third hand, that might be just the opening Fulmer needs…)
I suspect Vol tears would flow more over rejection as a general principle than specifically tied to the coach, but who knows? What do you think the response would be?