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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2. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan HC

While there is talk of Harbaugh going to the NFL after leading his alma mater to its first national title since 1997, he should be a candidate for the Alabama job. Moreover, he should be a leading candidate for the Alabama job. The Wolverines have some great coordinators and position coaches who would make fantastic head coaches. However, Alabama is the type of job where a sitting head coach receives top priority.

Harbaugh has won at every stop since being a head coach. He won at San Diego, Stanford, the San Francisco 49ers, and Michigan. He's proven more than capable of navigating the portal and recruiting out of high school.

He won at a pressure-cooker, restoring the shine to the Michigan football program. He'd know how to handle the rigors of coaching at Alabama. Does he want the grind of coaching at a place like Alabama? There are questions about his desire to recruit, which is one of the most important aspects of coaching in the SEC.

Also, he has his national title; he might want to chase a Super Bowl.