What if Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban Never Left the LSU Tigers?

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Nov 22, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Addazio would have been hired as head coach of the Florida Gators

Steve Addazio left in 2010 to become the head coach of the Temple Owls. Immediately he had success by taking them 9-4 and surprising everybody. As a result, Jeremy Foley would have brought back the Florida assistant under Meyer.

Think about it. Saban staying at LSU means Meyer would not have had to worry about Alabama, so he would have stayed at Florida another year, meaning when he did leave for Ohio State the field of candidates would be different.

Muschamp, given what we described earlier, would ironically still be a candidate given the fact that we think he would have had success at Arkansas. But he would have been too obvious of a choice, so Foley, who likes to be a star and show off his genius in coaching hires, would have gone unconventional and picked Addazio.

And to be fair, it may not be a terrible hire.

Addazio has had some solid success at Boston College over the last two years, and he could probably adapt his offense to the talent brought in at Florida. He would likely not have the success that Urban Meyer had or the success that Jim McElwain will have, but he would have enough to still be on the job going into the 2015 season.

So with Saban staying at LSU, the SEC coaching landscape would include at this point Will Muschamp at Arkansas and Steve Addazio at Florida. Where would Les Miles be?

Next: Les Miles to Michigan