When Saban retires, what would CJP do if Bama called

scottchatt

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This thread seems way more at home on a Bama board, but, it’s the off-season.

Bama will be able to offer whoever they want enough money to make it hard to say no, and barring something like a Marshall situation it’s unlikely Bama has fallen far enough to not be one of the most attractive jobs in the nation.

I just don’t think Pruitt has enough time to prove himself before St Nick retires. I could see him being the guy after that if Saban’s replacement fails...which is probably not as likely as we would all hope. Saban’s replacement will be a proven coach with enough money to hire the best assistants and likely 5 years of Top 5 recruiting classes on the field. It’s not a bad recipe for success. Messing it up would be sort of like a top chef moving restaurants and then not being able to boil water.

I think Dabo is by far the most likely, but if I were him there is no way I would leave Clemson. If he says no, I don’t think that being a Bama grad or Saban’s assistant plays as much a role as just having a great record probably outside the SEC.

So, does Pruitt stay....who knows, but I don’t think there is a scenario where he gets the call after Saban. If he does, my guess is he and a large portion of his staff are gone...which is fine by me, because it means the Vols are back on top.
 

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Dabo isn’t going anywhere. Didn’t he just sign a 10 year deal worth 93 million?? I fully expect him to fulfill that contract unless Bama were to offer something north of 10 mil a year to take over once Saban retires..
 

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I believe that in Pruitt's mind, he's already gone. Everything he's doing here is just a stepping stone to get to where he ultimately WANTS to be, which is either Bama or the NFL. Never has Pruitt given me the impression that he sees us as a final destination type of job.
 

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Dabo isn’t going anywhere. Didn’t he just sign a 10 year deal worth 93 million?? I fully expect him to fulfill that contract unless Bama were to offer something north of 10 mil a year to take over once Saban retires..
Although it is my understanding that there is a " Bama Clause" in the contract that if they were to come calling there would be little to no buyout.
 

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Do you think most Bama fans will expect anything close to Saban? If they have at least one functioning brain cell, they will realize that a Nick Saban won’t come around again.
You really overestimate how reasonable they are. They won't expect another Saban, no. But they will expect a guy who can win a title every two/three years. If their next coach (be it Dabo, Kirby, or whoever) doesn't win a title within his first couple years, I bet he's on a nuclear hot seat entering the third.

It would happen to any fanbase with the run of success they've had, but you have to remember how ill-prepared they are physiologically as fans to go 10-2 or 9-3 in a regular season. I mean, those are good seasons, but 9-3 to them is like Tennessee going 2-10. Think about it: 9-3 means they likely are losing to Auburn, LSU, and one other school in the same season, probably A&M (or Georgia if they were the cross-division team they played that year). In the moment, that will seem like one of the worst seasons in school history to them. The last year they weren't in the national title conversation at the back end of the regular season was 2010. 2010! Some of their younger fans cannot even remember personally experiencing a season where they haven't almost won or won a title.
 

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So Dabo can be a god at Clemson or leave and be the guy who replaced Saban at Bama? Which means starting all over again with all the risks that entails, with his every move, every player compared to what Saban did before him.

And same for Pruitt if he succeeds here and beats Bama a few times to help force the old man into retirement.

Makes sense to me 🙄

Only way this happens is if either of those guys have Lane Kiffin sized egos that overwhelm their common sense.
 

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1. Stay here and build a legacy

2. Leave for Bama

3. Or follow the guy who follows Saban

Your thoughts please also this is contingent on Pruitt doing well here and salary offers are roughly equal.
With only 2 quality wins to his name - they wouldn't even ask him.
They'd never hire a head football coach without a proven record. Not now.
I don't see Sab leaving anytime soon - only health or scandal would move him.
 
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If they called, they would probably come correct with an appropriate offer, so he'd leave. A more entertaining thread than this might discuss whether the ceiling of 8-9 wins he might run into at TN if he coaches reeeeeeeaaaaaaaally well would be enough to justify his hiring at Bama. I say no, unless he is recruiting top 3 nationally. (I laughed a little, but I guess anything could happen.)
 

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