At 67 years old, Alabama head coach Nick Saban is no spring chicken. In fact, with the recent retirement of Bill Snyder, he's now the oldest head coach of any Power Five school. Eventually Saban will have to depart Alabama, though, and one analyst has an idea of who will might him.
According to ESPN's Paul Finebaum via 247Sports, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is a person to keep an eye on down the road. But with Swinney firmly locked in with the Tigers, he identified Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt as the man he'd bet money on.
“I think if you had to put odds on, right now, if you say, ‘OK, put me $10 on the next coach at Alabama.’ I would put my money on Jeremy Pruitt,” Finebaum said on WJOX this morninng. “That’s assuming he has success at Tennessee, but I think if he has any level of success, he would move up into that upper echelon, because he’s got the ties; he’s got the understanding of the job..."
Pruitt is a former Alabama defensive back who worked for the school in various coaching capacities over his 20-year career. He served as the team's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2016 to 2017 before taking the Vols job.
In his first year at the helm, Pruitt led Tennessee to a 5-7 record and was 2-6 in SEC games.
As for Swinney, he too is a former Alabama player and coach. Seemingly noting the potential lure of coaching Alabama, the Tigers went so far as to add additional enhancements to his contract buyout should the Crimson Tide offer him the job.
A lot can happen between now and Nick Saban finally calling it quits though.
Could Pruitt or Swinney be the next head coach of the Crimson Tide?