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January 24, 2014; Kapolei, HI, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula during the 2014 Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shula – Alabama Crimson Tide, 2006

Record With School: 26-23
Replaced by: Nick Saban

Did you ever see a head football coach looking like a deer in the headlights? That was Mike Shula during his entire four year stint at Alabama.

The Tide had gone through coach after coach following the departure of Gene Stallings, and it seemed every move turned out to be the wrong one. So how could hiring the son of legendary NFL coach Don Shula possibly be a bad move?

As it turned out, the wins and losses weren’t that bad…but the fact that there were some unsavory things going on behind the scenes that caused Alabama to have to vacate 16 victories from the 2005 and 2006 seasons may have contributed to the end of the younger Shula’s career in Alabama.

Oh, and losing to Auburn.

If you don’t win the Iron Bowl for four straight seasons, you’re living on borrowed time in Tuscaloosa.

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