Alabama Football: 5 potential head coaching candidates to replace Nick Saban

Coach Saban retires as the Greatest College Football Coach in history.

Jan 1, 2024; Pasadena, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban walks on the field with
Jan 1, 2024; Pasadena, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban walks on the field with / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss HC

Lane Kiffin is the poster child for the "Nick Saban Reform School of Coaches." There might not be a coach as disgraced as Kiffin was, who went to coach Saban to reform his image and improve his stock. Let's not forget that USC fired him on the tarmac after a game. From his stops at Tennessee and the Oakland Raiders, Kiffin had become known more for his petulant behavior than his ability to call football games.

Kiffin deserves a ton of credit for what he did for the Crimson Tide in 2015 and 2016. He revitalized his reputation as a play-caller, winning a national title with Jake Coker in 2015. In 2016 he took a freshman quarterback in Jalen Hurts, leading them to the national championship game.

He went to Florida Atlantic to prove he could run a program; the Owls won 11 games twice and two C-USA titles under Kiffin. Mississippi has won ten games twice in four years under Kiffin and is in the midst of one of its best runs in program history. He's shown the ability to navigate the transfer portal and relate to younger players.

Kiffin would be entertaining at Alabama in an era of vanilla coaching personalities. He's also one of the few candidates with the bravado to follow a legend like Saban.