Kalen DeBoer to be the next coach at Alabama

It didn't take long for Alabama to find Nick Saban's successor. Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer will be the Crimson Tide's next head man, according to ESPN's Chris Low.

DeBoer, 49, went 25-3 in two seasons with the Huskies, having led the program to this past Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship Game — which it lost, 34-13, to Michigan.

Prior to his time in Seattle, DeBoer spent two years as the head coach at Fresno State, going 12-6 and finishing his tenure with a win in the 2021 New Mexico Bowl.

He also spent five seasons as the head coach at NAIA Sioux Falls from 2005-09, going 67-3 and winning three NAIA national championships with the Cougars. In total, DeBoer's record as a head coach is 104-12.

Saban, after 17 seasons and six national titles with the Crimson Tide, announced his retirement on Wednesday, just over a week after Alabama's season ended in a College Football Playoff Semifinal loss to Michigan at the Rose Bowl.

Shortly after the university made Saban's retirement official, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne outlined what he was prioritizing in the program's next head coach: "Our ideal candidate will be strong in recruiting and relationship building, player development, excel in Xs and Os and have the overall ability to lead this historic program."

During his two recruiting cycles with Washington, DeBoer pulled in the 95th- and 26th-rated classes in the country, per 247Sports.

On the field, the Huskies' high-octane offense fueled their turnaround under DeBoer. Washington, with star quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and wideout Rome Odunze leading the way, finished the last two seasons seventh and 13th in the country in points per game.

That offensive firepower helped DeBoer, named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in both of his seasons in Seattle, engineer a quick turnaround of the program — the Huskies went 4-8 in 2021, the season prior to his hiring.

Now, he will forever serve as the answer to the trivia question: who replaced Nick Saban? DeBoer, who hired noted college football power broker Jimmy Sexton — who also represents Saban — as his agent during the season, will go from the West Coast to the fishbowl of the SEC.

Dan Butcher

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