Jeremy Pruitt is now the head coach at Tennessee and, as a result, Nick Saban will be in search of some help on the defensive side of the ball in Tuscaloosa.

Given that Pruitt’s trajectory allowed him to join from a defensive coordinator position straight to becoming an SEC head coach (and there are countless other examples), it is clear that working for Saban at Alabama can work wonders for a career and, now, word is breaking that the Crimson Tide have someone in mind as a replacement.

Aaron Suttles of brings word that UTSA defensive coordinator Pete Golding is “the leading candidate” to fill the open spot at Alabama, even if the reporting doesn’t specifically indicate that Golding would be the defensive coordinator. Because there are other quality options, Alabama may simply shift things around but Golding was respected enough to reportedly be in the mix for the DC job at Mississippi State and that is a positive indication.

Everything that Saban touches seems to turn to gold in terms of grooming his assistants and Golding may be the next one. Now, we will see how the loss of Pruitt affects the Crimson Tide in the near future.

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Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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