Monday, February 17, 2014

Is the water turning brown in Tuscaloosa? - UPDATED

UPDATE - this morning news broke of another arrest - Dee Hart. One of the 36 running backs Saban has on staff, arrested for possession and not knowing his middle name providing false information. What?!?
Just posing a question. But ever since November things have been consistently different over in the house that Saban the Bear built. Don't get me wrong. Not saying things are crumbling to dust. Just some weird and unusual happenings that may or may not add together as much.
  • Doug Nussmeier leaves for a lateral position as Michigan's offensive coordinator.
  • He's quickly replaced by Lane Kiffin. Although that could be enough to light a fire under an offense that will replace AJ McCarron, it's hard not to focus on the fact that every stop on Kiffin's resume has turned into a raging dumpster fire.
  • Weeks later, Chris Rumph leaves for a lateral position as the Longhorn's new defensive line coach.
  • Defensive backs coach Greg Brown resigned last month. Then he took a spot on Louisville's new defensive staff.
  • Saban was able to hold onto Kevin Steele, albeit by the skin of his teeth. Steele accepted the defensive coordinator position at Louisville before having a change of heart.
  • This all follows a 2013 off season that saw Saban replace three assistants -something he consistently does very well. Just not this often.
  • Ha Ha Clinton Dix sat out a game last season over an NCAA rules indescretion. There's also problems/accusations of a booster that likes to make some money off the local professional franchise.
  • Not to mention football players are getting arrested (!!!!) in Tuscaloosa...and we're actually hearing about it (!!!!!!!!!).
It's a lot of mostly little things. Sure. And I certainly doubt there'll be much to come out of the booster stuff. Still. I mean, maybe it's the fact that the Tide is enduring a two game losing skid that will last at least until August 30th. But things have a different feel over yonder.

Lane Kiffin? C'mon man. I still can't get over that one.

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See also:
- From last summer, Go for it on Fourth and Multiply. Good read on "The Process". (h/t AHD)