The upheaval, big-money contracts and pandemonium engulfing SEC coaches have one source. Since Nick Saban’s arrival at Alabama in 2007, there have been 45 total head coaches in the SEC. Many have tried to stem the Tide’s dominance. Few have succeeded.
It would be easy to label Smart, 42, as another Saban clone and assume his former boss will cast him off as he has done to every single former assistant who has faced him as a head coach. After all, Alabama has won each of the 11 games against teams coached by Saban’s former assistants by an average score of more than 28 points.
But there’s also reason to believe Smart might be different. He spent nine seasons at Alabama, many as Saban’s top assistant, and helped the Crimson Tide win four national championships.
Former NFL general manager Phil Savage was a member of the Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff when Saban worked as Bill Belichick’s defensive coordinator 1991-94 and now works as a radio analyst for the Crimson Tide. He sees similarities in the relationship between Belichick and Saban during their time in Cleveland and Saban and Smart’s time at Alabama.
In Savage’s recently published book, “4th and Goal Every Day: Alabama’s Relentless Pursuit of Perfection,” Savage wrote that Saban and Smart “had a dialogue on the sidelines during a game that was in a language all its own. … An outsider would have no idea what they were talking about if he was standing between the two.”
LaVar being the father of the team’s top draft pick makes things a bit different, but he has no control over how the team plays or what moves they make.
So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon. While Ball’s criticisms may be valid in some places, organizations don’t fire coaches because a player’s father complains.
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