At this point, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Kalen DeBoer is the next Alabama football head coach. Joel Klatt said as much earlier this week.
Klatt isn't necessarily a reporter with sources like The Athletic, and it was more of a prediction but the man, in my opinion, is the best analyst in all of college football. Meaning, he's usually right.
On Thursday, The Athletic reported that Alabama football has focused on three candidates: Kalen DeBoer, Mike Norvell, and Tommy Rees.
To be honest, even though this was reported by Bruce Feldman, I have to treat it with a grain of salt because of Rees. He's not head-coaching material at this point, at least not at Alabama and if he really is a consideration, that would show how poorly this search is going.
Rees and the words Alabama football head coach should never be mentioned in the same sentence. I mean did people watch the Rose Bowl? Rees should be fired after that miserable showing, not promoted to head coach. Jesse Minter owned him. Ate his lunch.
To be fair, Minter ate the lunch of Kalen DeBoer too. But he makes a lot more sense. Norvell does too. Norvell has built an SEC-caliber program at Florida State and seems ready for this kind of job.
However, DeBoer is the fancy new offensive guru. He has also won everywhere he's gone, winning around 90 percent of his games as a head coach at multiple levels. He also canceled a radio appearance in Seattle on Friday, which will only lead to rumors about him being Alabama's next head coach. Steve Sarkisian and Dan Lanning have taken their names out of the running.
DeBoer hasn't and if I was a betting man, I would bet on the Washington head coach leaving the Huskies to be the next head coach of the Crimson Tide.
Mike Norvell now appears to be returning to Florida State, so that's another hint that DeBoer is going to Alabama. Unless it's Tommy Rees, which would be an epic failure.