One aspect of the game that has made the Southeastern Conference so strong in recent history is the coaching. Having the best players and talent of any conference in the country helps, but the X’s and O’s still matter, and the SEC has been home to some of the best coaches since the turn of the century, such as Nick Saban, Kirby Smart, Urban Meyer, and many more.
Nick Saban’s retirement from the Alabama Crimson Tide has massive implications for both the SEC landscape as well as the national title race. The Crimson Tide brought in former Washington Huskies coach Kalen Deboer to take over the program, and it seems as if the Alabama faithful have been thrilled with the hire. I mean, how could you not be thrilled with a guy who just led his team to a 14-1 record, a conference championship and a national title berth?
There will be some challenges facing the new Alabama coach with this being his first time coaching in the South. So, where do we rank DeBoer compared to the rest of the conference?
Clark Lea – Vanderbilt Commodores
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Clark is entering his fourth year as head coach of the Commodores and has posted a 9-27 record to date. Vanderbilt picked up wins against Florida and Kentucky in 2022, but regressed to 2-10 in 2023. There isn’t much to get excited for with this team.
Billy Napier – Florida Gators
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As head coach of the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns, Napier had the program humming as he guided them to a 40-12 record over 4 years. Through two years with the Gators, he’s 11-14 in a conference that just gets stronger by the season. He has some solid recruiting classes on the way, but he needs to pick up some victories on the field as well.
Jeff Lebby – Mississippi State Bulldogs
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At only 40 years old, Mississippi State will be…
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Author : Roll Tide Wire
Publish date : 2024-02-08 14:47:38
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