Blown away

So, here’s today’s question.

Alabama is hiring Liberty linebackers coach Robert Bala as its new inside linebackers coach, program sources confirmed to The Athletic on Saturday…

Bala, who came to Liberty after being the defensive coordinator at Southern Utah, had blown Hugh Freeze away in the interview process with his knowledge and demeanor. Bala obviously did something similar when he met with Saban earlier this week.

So, this guy blew Freeze away so strongly… that Freeze didn’t bring him to Auburn, but Saban’s grabbing him now?  I know he’s the GOAT and all, but that seems like I’m missing something.



Filed under Alabama, Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Freeze!, Nick Saban Rules

17 responses to “Blown away

  1. Derek

    Maybe Bala likes driving in his truck, but doesn’t care for Auburn.

    Liked by 8 people

  2. chicagodawgfan

    He wasn’t even the DC at Liberty either…

    Bala is making a big jump. In 2022, he was a defensive analyst for Liberty. A year later, he is set to become the new inside linebackers coach for Nick Saban at Alabama. Bala helped work with Liberty’s safeties in 2022, when the Flames more than doubled their turnovers gained to 24 and picked off 18 passes. He had been promoted to linebackers coach by the Flames for the 2023 season before Saban came calling.


  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    The end of a dynasty begins slowly, and then it happens all it once.

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  4. Russ

    Maybe he’s going to consult with their basketball team?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. voxdawg

    tDecline ™


  6. “Bama Bump” still reigns in the media. I remember when Bama D “wasn’t going to miss a beat” when Pete Golding took over too. Recapping just doesn’t seem to be what it used to be in T-town.


  7. TEXBaller

    Steele will mentor Bala.


  8. uga97

    Quick search on this guy pops up these metrics…his Liberty squad was #1 in nation in Tackles for Loss & #3 in Nation in Sacks…so there’s that.


  9. poetdawg

    With regard to Freeze and aubrin, it’s never too soon to say, auburn Sucks!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    Freeze likes to be blown away by Tampa 2 hookers

    Liked by 1 person

  11. W Cobb Dawg

    It wasn’t very long ago that long-time assistant Cochran wanted to switch to a coaching position, and Saban was against it. Now he’s okay with making an analyst his LB coach, not to mention a 30 year old his OC. Time will tell whether there’s genius with these hires or he’s desperately grasping for something that might work.


    • Bulldawg Bill

      Hey, Cobb… How old was Kiffin when he was Nicky’s OC? How’d that work out????


      • W Cobb Dawg

        Kiffin was a HC at two different power 5 schools before doing his rehab stint at Bama. I fail to see the connection between the Kiffin situation and the recent hires at bama.