SEC News: I didn't think I'd ever ask this, but is Alabama trying to become Baylor?

The Crimson Tide have now made two hires off of a Bears staff that ended last season at 3-9.

Jan 13, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The University of Alabama introduced new head football coach
Jan 13, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The University of Alabama introduced new head football coach / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA
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SEC News: Why does Kalen DeBoer keep hiring Baylor coaches to his Alabama staff?

I am really not sure what to do with this latest batch of SEC news.

Nick Saban has done enough to the Alabama brand so as to make it one of the most feared and respected in the entire sport. That script "A" brings cache with it—of course, prior to Saban, the Tide still had the history of Bear Bryant, et cetera, but Saban took it to another level.

That's part of why this latest news seems just so... odd.

It's no secret that Kalen DeBoer is having some trouble with filling out his staff. Mission one for him was retaining stud defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. Robinson is now at Georgia—and, likely as a direct consequence, star safety Caleb Downs departed T-Town.

But that kind of thing happens. Something very similar came to pass with Elko and Elijah Robinson. I didn't think about the fact that they are both named "Robinson" until just now. Is there something there? Probably not. I—no. No, that was nothing. I apologize.

It's more than just that, though. Ryan Grubb—thus far attached at the hip with DeBoer—was originally announced to be the new OC at Alabama (after saying he wouldn't be leaving Washington) before leaving after one month to take the Seahawks OC job. This came after Grubb said only days before that he was staying. DeBoer promoted from within to replace him.

Now, facing the task of filling out the rest of his staff, DeBoer has turned to an... unlikely... pool of talent. I am, of course, speaking of the Baylor Bears.

Folks: what are we doing here? I mean, I have often said—and you can ask anyone about this—I have often said that Waco is the Tuscaloosa of Central Texas. That much is common knowledge. But it's beginning to look to me like DeBoer is taking that common-sense principle in entirely the wrong way.

Is this indicative of a larger trend that Alabama fans should be worried about? I don't necessarily think so. However, I don't think it is unfair to say that this could be chalked up to DeBoer's meteoric rise in the industry; he has come so far so quickly that he has not made as many networking opportunities as a guy who has been at this level for a longer time.

Plus, it's not like they're all Baylor coaches. He has other places he can draw from.

You know what? That didn't really help my point.

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