Several big-time coaching jobs are already open across the country, and schools are undoubtedly looking at successful staffs — like the one at Alabama — for candidates.
Three of Nick Saban’s assistants have already been identified as potential head coaches at power-conference schools.
You probably already knew that Kirby Smart is a popular choice to replace Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, but Lane Kiffin’s and Mario Cristobal’s names are now being thrown around, too.
Meanwhile, SaturdayBlitz.com sees Kiffin as a strong replacement in Coral Gables.
“He would bring the confidence that Miami prides itself on,” Patrick Schmidt wrote. “Just look at the national championship teams and the swagger and arrogance they played with. Miami needs to find that again and if it means going outside the program and hiring a personality like Kiffin, so be it.”
Saban hired Kiffin in 2014 after the 40-year-old was fired by Southern California. His head coaching experience also includes stops with the Oakland Raiders and the University of Tennessee.
Smart, 39, has never been a head coach at the FBS level. Cristobal, 45, spent six years as the head man at FIU before being fired in 2012.