Does Kalen DeBoer know what he’s stepping into at Alabama?

It’d be fascinating to see what number of Alabama followers knew the title Kalen DeBoer earlier than this season. Hell, I’d like to see the numbers a month and a half in the past. It took all of two days for the Crimson Tide to discover a alternative for Nick Saban, which feels quick, however with gamers diving into the switch pool, expediency was needed.

Perhaps, simply possibly, DeBoer ought to’ve taken a beat. He was teaching Fresno State three seasons in the past, and the West Coast, not to mention the Pacific Northwest, is a unique universe from Tuscaloosa. No judgment, however listed here are DeBoer’s famous last words.

“I have always had an incredible respect for Alabama football and its commitment to excellence,” DeBoer mentioned in an announcement. “The tradition-rich history of this program is unmatched across the landscape of college athletics, and I look forward to continuing that moving forward. Following coach Saban is an honor. He has been the standard for college football, and his success is unprecedented. I would not have left Washington for just any school. The chance to lead the football program at the University of Alabama is the opportunity of a lifetime. My family and I feel truly blessed and look forward to becoming a part of the Tuscaloosa community.”

It is a suicide mission. I do not know what it’s wish to comply with George Carlin or Richard Pryor on the top of their comedic powers, however DeBoer will be capable to reply that query in a yr’s time. There can be no endurance for on-the-job coaching. It’s School Soccer Playoff or bust.

Save for Saban’s first yr in Alabama, he solely misplaced three video games as soon as. Each different season the Tide was a T-1000 that you just needed to plunk with a grenade launcher and dunk right into a vat of magma to kill off. There have been folks, together with Paul Finebaum, who wished to jot down off Alabama after the loss to Texas and no matter that was towards South Florida in September.

The Tide went on to win the SEC, and unseat the back-to-back nationwide champ Bulldogs.

All that mentioned — and that needs to be sufficient qualifier to provide any candidate a minimum of 72 hours pause — the rent is wise for just a few causes. The primary of which is DeBoer has little to no baggage. Tide followers have seen, and crushed, just about each big-time coach within the SEC, and since they weren’t luring Kirby Good away from Georgia or Josh Heupel from Tennessee, it was going to be unattainable to discover a coach with ties to the area that the fan base wouldn’t instantly choose like a dad assembly his daughter’s first boyfriend.

Second is the time issue. The longer a training search takes the much less confidence it evokes in and out of doors this system. Proper now, Alabama’s greatest asset is the infrastructure Saban left in place, however that may vanish over a few switch home windows with the present portal guidelines.

Re-recruiting the present roster is steps 1 by means of 3, and that begins with retaining Jalen Milroe’s favourite goal, Isaiah Bond, and Milroe for that matter.

The final motive I don’t hate that is DeBoer expects to win. He’s gained at each cease, so he’s stepping into with a constructive albeit barely ignorant outlook. Nonetheless, it’ll take years, and a minimum of one nationwide title, for Kalen DeBoer to actually turn into “a part of the Tuscaloosa community,” and I hope he’s at peace with that.

Large loss for Washington and the Large Ten

I’m not going to put out the variations between Washington and Alabama, since you’re not a bunch of morons. There may be little to no plug-and-play awaiting the Huskies’ subsequent head coach as Michael Penix and his cadre of receivers are off to the NFL.

Rome Odunze, Ja’Lynn Polk, and Jalen McMillan all declared this week, so the Large Ten isn’t even getting an inexpensive imitation of the CFP’s runner-up. It’ll be fascinating to see the route UW takes as a result of a number of huge names simply turned down Alabama. Undecided Steve Sarkisian could be welcomed again to Seattle, or Dan Lanning would bounce ship to a rival, and Lane Kiffin has a superiority complicated that dictates he stays within the SEC. It’s both a miserable retread or an unproven, unknown coordinator.

And simply when the Large Ten thought it was lastly getting on equal footing with its Chilly Struggle rival. Isn’t that particular?