November 27, 2006

Tide commits talk about coaching change

Now that Mike Shula is no longer the head coach at Alabama, has put together a list of possible candidates to replace Shula.

At this point, the BOL staff does not know how quickly Shula's replacement will be named.

This list is made up solely of coaches whose name is being mentioned with the opening. We will continue to look at possible replacements in the upcoming days. But for now, here are some names to watch.

What Commits are saying

Pledges Quotes

Jennings Hester


Marist, GA
In five seasons, Saban took LSU from bring a middle-of-the-pack SEC team to a national powerhouse winning two SEC titles and a BCS national championship. Prior to that, Saban coached Michigan State to four bowl games in five years and is currently in his second season. Saban has never posted a losing season as a head coach.

Chris Lett

Defensive Back

Pensacola, FL
His Florida Gator teams dominated the SEC in the 1990's, winning 6 conference titles and a national title. Before that, Spurrier led Duke to its first ACC title and bowl appearance since the 1950's. After an unsuccessful NFL stint, Spurrier returned to the SEC taking South Carolina to a bowl game in his first season with the team.

Rolando McClain


Decatur, AL
One of the hottest coaching names in the country, Petrino has amassed an impressive 38-9 record and a slew of top recruiting classes in his fourth year as the head coach at Louisville. Before taking his first head coaching job at UL, Petrino served as an offensive coordinator at Nevada, Utah State, Louisville, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Auburn.

LaMarcus Williams

Defensive Tackle

Bastrop, LA
Johnson has taken Navy to four straight bowl games running his triple option flexbone offense which has led Division I-A in rushing for 2 of the last 3 seasons. Before that, Johnson served as head coach at D I-AA Georgia Southern where he led his team to back-to-back national titles and became one of only four coaches in history to record 50 wins in their first four seasons.

Jermaine McKenzie

Wide Receiver

Bradenton, FL
Widely considered the creator/pioneer of the spread option offense, Rodriguez has led West Virginia to three Big East titles and a BCS berth in six seasons as head coach. Rodriguez previously served as a head coach at NAIA schools Salem College and Glenville State before serving as an offensive coordinator under Tommy Bowden at both Tulane and Clemson.

Alex Watkins

Defensive End

Brownsville, TN
Houston Nutt has proven to be one of the SEC's most successful leaders at building and maintaining a complete football program. This Saturday the Razorbacks will face Florida in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. After this season, Nutt will have taken Arkansas to seven bowl games, and played for the conference title three times.

William Vlachos

Offensive Line

Mountain Brook, AL
In his 20 years as head coach, Beamer brought Virginia Tech from perrennial whipping boy to national powerhouse winning four conference titles. Prior to taking over for the Hokies, Beamer served as an assistant at Maryland and The Citadel before getting his first head coaching job at Murray State.

William Vlachos

Offensive Line

Mountain Brook, AL
In just four seasons in Tampa Bay, and eight seasons overall as a head coach, Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has established himself among the premier coaches in the National Football League. Gruden has led the team to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history, along with two division championships. In eight seasons as a head coach, he has compiled a 78-58 overall record and his teams have captured four division titles.

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