Nick Saban is enjoying a pretty good Tuesday after winning his sixth national title on Monday night. He predecessor at Alabama likely cannot say the same.
On the same morning Saban hoisted a national championship trophy for the world to see, former Crimson Tide head coach Mike Shula received some less than stellar news.
The Carolina Panthers announced that they have relieved him of his duties as the team’s offensive coordinator following a narrow playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. The team also fired former Miami QB Ken Dorsey, who was serving as Shula’s quarterbacks coach.
Shula had been with the Panthers since 2011, making him responsible for the entire NFL tenure of former Auburn QB Cam Newton, which included an appearance in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos led by former Tennessee QB Peyton Manning.
Per the team’s release, Carolina finished 19th in total offense (323.7), fourth in rushing offense (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3) and 12th in points (22.7) in 2017.
Shula went 26-23 with the Crimson Tide during a four-year tenure that spanned 2000-06. He was replaced by Nick Saban for the 2007 season, and the Crimson Tide has won five national titles since.