Monday marked a step into the future for Alabama’s athletic department.
A day after it was reported that Alabama athletic director Bill Battle would step down, Battle joined The Paul Finebaum Show to discuss his feelings about the state of the Crimson Tide’s athletic department and its possibilities for the future. Greg Byrne, formerly the athletic director at Arizona, was hired as Battle’s replacement.
Interestingly, Battle brought up the subject of hiring Alabama’s next football coach after Nick Saban when discussing the past and touching on the future with Finebaum.
“I thought it was a good time for somebody young to come in,” Battle told Finebaum. “Whoever hires the next football coach, that’s going to be a tremendous job. But the department is in good financial shape. It’s in good personnel shape. I’m really proud of the five coaches we’ve hired since I’ve been there. I never thought that would happen, but it did. And I’m pleased with all of the five we’ve hired, plus the ones that are there. I think the department is in good shape. I think Greg is positioned to take us to bigger and better places.”
It will be fascinating to see how Alabama approaches the subject of replacing Saban when that time comes. The job will be a huge task not only for the athletic director at the time, but it also will be a tough challenge for the hire as well.
Saban has won four national titles with the Crimson Tide and five overall. He’s 65 years old, so it’s not a stretch to envision him claiming at least one more national crown before he walks away for good. How do you replace arguably the best coach ever?
The coming years will be interesting around Alabama’s program. But it’s fair to say Battle has left the Crimson Tide’s athletic department in strong shape, especially when it comes to football.
"Whoever hires the next football coach, that's going to be a tremendous job" pic.twitter.com/LbJKDpjndy
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 2017