Alabama, Washington, and Arizona coaching changes have transfer portal wide open again

Nick Saban's surprise retirement has reignited the coaching carousel and flooded the transfer portal with talent from Alabama, Washington, and Arizona.

Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Isaiah Bond (17) celebrates
Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Isaiah Bond (17) celebrates / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Alabama notable outgoing transfers (since Saban’s retirement)

Isiah Bond. Sophomore. . . Isiah Bond. 523. Isiah Bond. WR. . player

Isiah Bond, who saved the day in the Iron Bowl, bringing down Jalen Milroe’s game-winning touchdown pass, transferred to Texas, just two days after Saban’s retirement. Bond caught 48 passes to lead the Crimson Tide in 2023 and was second in receiving yards with 668. 

Amari Niblack. Amari Niblack. . . 523. Sophomore. . Amari Niblack. TE. player

The sophomore tight end entered the transfer portal on Sunday. Niblack was third in receptions with 20 for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He will be a highly sought-after pass catcher around the country. 

player. 523. . Shawn Murphy. Shawn Murphy. LB. Freshman. . Shawn Murphy.

As a freshman, Murphy didn’t play much, just 18 total snaps, and finished with three total tackles. He was expected to be a foundational piece of the defense in the future. 

. player. 523. . Antonio Kite. Freshman. Antonio Kite. CB. . Antonio Kite

Dezz Ricks. Dezz Ricks. . . player. Freshman. CB. 523. . Dezz Ricks

Many of the young players on Alabama’s defense are leaving Tuscaloosa. Saban’s specialty has always been coaching the secondary, so it’s no surprise that two cornerbacks will look for a new home with an offensive-minded head coach coming in. 

Kite played just 22 total snaps on defense this season and Ricks only played nine.