Tommy Tuberville could see Nick Saban was bound for big things at Alabama.
On Tuesday, an in-depth piece from ESPN’s Alex Scarborough was published that examined Nick Saban’s effect on the SEC’s crazy coaching carousel this year. Within it, Scarborough included a cool anecdote from Tuberville, who gave his Auburn staff a strong warning about what Saban could do with the Crimson Tide shortly after Saban’s hire.
Here’s more from Scarborough’s story:
Tuberville, who had done battle with Saban before when he was at LSU, saw the writing on the wall. He gathered his staff shortly after Saban was hired and told them, “Guys, this is getting ready to be a war in recruiting. What you’ve been doing, you better pick it up about 30-40 percent.”
“I pretty much knew immediately that we were in for a battle,” Tuberville said. “Not just Auburn but everybody.”
Turns out, Tuberville was right.
It goes without saying, but the SEC likely would look so much different if Saban hadn’t arrived in Tuscaloosa.
There’s no question that his dominance with Alabama has created pressure on other programs throughout the conference. We’ve seen that effect with Saban disciples such as Kirby Smart and Jim McElwain receiving head-coaching opportunities within the SEC.
Once more, Saban has led his team to the College Football Playoff. Alabama is set for a fun Sugar Bowl matchup against Clemson on Jan. 1.