Paul Bryant won six national championships in 25 seasons as Alabama’s head football coach. Nick Saban has won three national championships in six seasons as Alabama’s head coach. And he’s won four overall, counting the one he won in 2003 at LSU. So does Saban compare to the “Bear”? No less an authority than Mal Moore says yes.
Harry Hiestand traded Tennessee orange for the golden domes of Notre Dame before the 2012 season, but he just can’t get away from Alabama. The BCS National Championship game will mark the third time in as many years that the veteran offensive line coach will prepare his unit for Alabama’s defensive line.
Make it three Coach of the Year awards for Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly. The third-year Fighting Irish coach was named the Associated Press’ coach of the year today. He received 25 of a possible 49 votes, beating out Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who was second with 14.
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore can look back on his conversations with Nick Saban and feel good about keeping the three-time national championship-winning coach with the Crimson Tide even as rumored NFL opportunities arise. Moore knows how Saban views the pro game and doesn’t believe it’s a place he’ll return without a drastic change of heart. “He’s expressed to me on several occasions … that he’s happy here,” Moore said. “He feels very comfortable, and I believe him.”
Bret Bielema is taking his brand of power football to Arkansas, leaving Wisconsin after seven seasons. Arkansas released a statement Tuesday night saying Bielema has agreed to a contract to take over the program reeling after the firing of former [...]
Arkansas and Auburn both hired head football coaches on Tuesday. Both coaches – Brett Bielema at Arkansas, Gus Malzahn at Auburn – want to restore their respective teams to the upper reaches of the Southeastern Conference’s West Division, even though the “No Vacancy” sign is flashing, the available spots being occupied by Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU. Auburn and Arkansas were up there in recent memory, but when both fell, both fell hard.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong is likely to stay with the Cardinals, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. Strong had emerged as the front-runner to be the next head coach at Tennessee, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The coach, however, has been tight-lipped about where he’ll be in 2013.
Miami (Ohio), a two-time winner of the GoDaddy.com Bowl, is known as the Cradle of Coaches because of the lineup of famed football men who have come from its program — icons such as Red Blaik, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian and Bo Schembechler. But it’s really the bowl that deserves the nickname now as its teams churn out coaches for larger programs.
Auburn has turned to Gus Malzahn to restore a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning the national title with Cam Newton operating the then-assistant coach’s high-powered offense to perfection. Malzahn was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator during their 2010 national championship run before heading to Arkansas State for his first college head coaching position. He received a five-year contract worth $2.3 million annually to try to get the team back on solid footing.
Gus Malzahn was hired as Auburn’s new head coach Wednesday evening. So what’s to become of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who was reportedly the Tigers leading candidate? He’s staying put in Tuscaloosa. For now, at least.
According to a report from Times-Picayune/NOLA.com on Tuesday a source close to LSU confirmed that Arkansas is pursuing LSU head coach Les Miles for the vacant Arkansas head coaching position. The offer is reportedly for five years and $27.5 milliion. “They made a serious offer,” the source said “(Athletic Director) Joe (Alleva) is meeting with his (Miles’) agent and the discussion is ongoing.” Earlier on Tuesday sports blogger SportsbyBrooks tweeted that he “has learned Arkansas is engaged w/ reps of the interests of Les Miles & a $5-yr $27.5M offer is on the table.” The tweet did not cite any sources.
The Iron Bowl rivalry might be a bitter, nasty one between the Alabama and Auburn fanbases, but there's no hint of it between the two coaches. While South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Clemson's Dabo Swinney have traded barbs throughout the [...]
Is there any wonder that Kirby Smart’s name keeps popping up in the conversation about new head football coaches being hired at perhaps four Southeastern Conference schools this year? It’s already known that Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee will h…
For the second time in the past four years, Alabama’s Kirby Smart has been recognized as college football’s top assistant coach. The Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator was named the assistant coach of the year Tuesday by the American Football Coaches Association. In 2009, Smart won the Broyles Award that goes to the top assistant coach.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was named the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday. The honor comes on the heels of winning the Broyles Award in 2009. Under Smart’s direction, the Alabama defense is one of the best in the nation. Alabama is ranked No. 3 in rushing defense (76.20 ypg allowed), No. 9 in pass efficiency defense (102.76 rating), No. 2 in total defense (247.80 ypg allowed) and No. 1 in scoring defense (11.10 ppg allowed) in 2012.