Well, almost nobody.
Saban seems to be doing his old defensive coordinator a solid this offseason by showing the world how much doesn’t matter to running a successful program. Also, while I don’t actually know, why do I have the sneaking suspicion that Long’s agent is Jimmy Sexton?
Honestly, I can’t tell if Saban is playing eleven dimensional chess with this, or having the troll of his life.
There’s rarely a dull moment with the Alabama football program, and that was further proven Saturday when ESPN reported Steve Sarkisian is set to join the Crimson Tide staff.
Here’s what we know as of late Saturday evening about the Sarkisian situation as well as a couple other staff-related tidbits:
— AL.com can’t confirm that Sarkisian has been hired as of this moment. However, a couple sources mentioned him as a possibility for the offensive coordinator job on Friday and I can confirm that he was in Tuscaloosa today per sources. Sarkisian, who was an analyst at Alabama in 2016 and then briefly the Tide’s offensive coordinator before ultimately leaving for the Atlanta Falcons, was fired by the Falcons Dec. 31.
— Sarkisian wasn’t the only big name coach in town today. Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long was also in Tuscaloosa today, according to sources. It looks like he could join the staff in some capacity even if/when Sarkisian is hired as offensive coordinator. A Birmingham native, Long has been the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame the last two years after one season as the OC at Memphis.
— One other interesting staff-related note: While it has been reported elsewhere that Butch Jones was set to join Mike Locksley’s staff at Maryland, sources have said that Jones is still currently working for Alabama. AL.com previously reported that while there was a good chance Jones could end up at Maryland, it was still possible Jones could end up staying at Alabama if he was promoted to an on-field job. There are multiple on-field jobs open on the staff right now after Locksley, quarterbacks coach Dan Enos and offensive line coach Brent Key all departed the program after the season.
Now, I admit that the ‘Bama roster is so loaded, I could be the offensive coordinator and still win games (don’t forget Alabama just averaged 45 ppg with a guy who was an abject failure as a head coach elsewhere), but Booch and Sark? The Tide fan base has to be thrilled.
Man, this is some kind of exodus from Tuscaloosa now.
Maybe Nick will take a run at Eddie Gran.
UPDATE: Now this is some funny shit.
Shorter Michael Cunningham: Nick Saban isn’t a great coach because he didn’t succeed in the NFL.
Not that anyone above his pay grade cares, but Nick Saban has never been a fan of playoff expansion.
Saban, who reminded everyone that he wasn’t in favor of going from two to four teams, said he feels expanding the field leads to an undercutting of the “self-gratification” for players that comes with going to bowl games not associated with the national championship…
Saban argued that if the playoff were to expand, then more players would skip bowl games to prepare for their NFL futures and fewer fans would attend the games.
Yeah, but as long as the TV ratings are there and Mickey keeps cutting the checks, those are minor details, Nick.
So, Nick Saban has an answer for those seeking the truth about why in the world DJ Durkin was seen lurking around the Alabama program.
“DJ Durkin is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint. He has not been hired in any capacity at The University of Alabama. He is simply observing our operation as many other coaches have done through the years.”
Calm, measured, rational. Only one thing…
Probably took that long to destroy all the paperwork.
Maybe somebody can ask Nick exactly how many of those “many other coaches” showed up in Tuscaloosa a month or so after getting canned for player abuse.
Man, this is borderline amoral.
Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, fired in October after a lengthy investigation into the death of one of his players, has resurfaced at Alabama.
In his first foray back into football since his October firing, Durkin has been helping Alabama this past week in a consultant-like capacity, sources told AL.com. It’s unclear at this point if Durkin could have a long-term role on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff though, according to sources.
You know Durkin wants long-term. Working for Saban is the best way for a coach to sanitize his career.
Wonder if Sankey knows about it.