TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Bo Davis is officially out as Alabama’s defensive line coach following potential NCAA recruiting infractions.
That news shouldn’t come as a shock if you’re a fan of the Crimson Tide unless you’ve been living under a rock.
Alabama coach Nick Saban put out a brief statement Friday announcing that Davis had resigned while thanking the coach for his work while at the university.
A report surfaced early Sunday with details surrounding Davis’ departure.
Now it’s time to look ahead at how the Davis situation affects Alabama in both the short- and long-term.
Davis was both a good recruiter and a good on-field coach. His work with Alabama’s defensive line during the 2015 is one of the main reasons the Crimson Tide were able to claim their fourth national championship in seven seasons. Davis helped develop Alabama’s incredible depth, so he will certainly be missed from a coaching standpoint.
He’ll be credited with helping Jarran Reed, A’Shawn Robinson and others develop into NFL prospects.
Same goes for Davis on the recruiting trail. Alabama will be fine in the long-term when it comes to recruiting as long as Saban is still in Tuscaloosa, but it wouldn’t be shocking if a 2017 recruit or two looked elsewhere in the immediate future with Davis gone.
In fact, the nation’s top defensive tackle tweeted that he is no longer considering Alabama once the Davis news broke. There’s a chance that could have been an emotional reaction to getting the news, but it is certainly something to monitor.
Moreso, Davis was the main recruiter of record for some of Alabama’s top targets, including five-star defensive linemen Marvin Wilson and Tyler Shelvin among other highly-rated prospects.
Following the 2016 recruiting cycle, Davis ranked as the No. 2 recruiter in the nation, according to 247Sports. So he will be missed, but Alabama will be fine.
WILL ALABAMA BE PUNISHED?
Based on what we’ve heard and according to other reports, Alabama should be in the clear here barring something unforeseen. Saban and Alabama’s compliance office got out in front of this by conducting their own internal investigation.
Saban runs a tight ship in terms of compliance, and Alabama goes out of its way to ensure that it is ahead of the curve in terms of reporting even the smallest of potential violations and infractions.
Again, barring anything unforeseen, Alabama should be fine from an NCAA standpoint as they took a proactive approach in handling this by conducting an internal investigation.
AFFECT ON CURRENT TEAM?
Davis was loved and respected by the Alabama players he coached. He brought a high intensity in practice, and wasn’t afraid to get on both the star players and the reserves during workouts.
“He switched our whole mentality around ever since Day 1 when he got here,” Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said last season. “I feel like you can definitely see that on the field.”
The defensive line led Alabama’s defense and helped keep the entire team in check throughout last season’s national championship run. A lot of that credit goes to the players, but also Davis as well for his influence on the group.
One of the more interesting aspects of Alabama’s next coaching hire will be how the players respond to the new coach and new voice. That’ll have a lot of say in how well the defensive line, along with the overall defense performs next season. Luckily for Alabama, this happened in May which gives the new coach plenty of time to get acclimated to the coaching staff and the players.