One day, replacing Nick Saban at Alabama is going to be one of the toughest jobs in sports. The Crimson Tide coach after Saban will have some legendary shoes to fill, and that’s not a job that just anybody will be able to do.
There’s a short list of coaches who Alabama fans would probably be happy with right now, with Urban Meyer being one of them. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney may be the other, especially considering the recruiting success the Tigers have had at Clemson in the Swinney era, and specifically considering how that success has translated to on-field success.
The Tigers have played the Crimson Tide in two-straight College Football Playoff Championships, winning last season’s title in a classic. There’s also pretty good chance Clemson, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation behind only Alabama, makes another run at the title game this season.
Absolutely, Swinney would be a pretty decent option for the Crimson Tide when Saban does indeed hang up his headset. And for what it’s worth, a former Alabama player, offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor, predicted that would be the case on Twitter:
To be fair to Taylor, he did go on to tweet that the conversation was way premature. Saban has been doing this for a long time, but he’s never really given any public indications regarding his thoughts on retirement. At least nothing concrete enough to start making big predictions.
That doesn’t mean what Taylor said doesn’t make sense, though, as he went on to explain.
Again, to be fair to Taylor, it’s also worth noting that he’s in no way known as a sourced reporter. He’s simply a former ‘Bama player who’s chatting it up on Twitter.
Does his prediction make sense? Absolutely. Is it going to come true anytime soon, though?
Don’t hold your breath.
(H/T SEC Country)