From the Capstone Report:
The future of Alabama football could be an internecine struggle between factions wanting their own candidate. Does that sound familiar? It should. It has been how every single coaching search in the post-Bear Bryant era has unfolded. Factions have wanted everyone from Rick Neuheisel to Jackie Sherrill to Mike Dubose when job openings have occurred. And the track record has left much to be desired. Alabama’s post-Bryant coaches have included the competent Ray Perkins, the inept Bill Curry, the sounds like Bryant Gene Stallings, the joke Mike DuBose, the coward Dennis Franchione and the clueless Mike Shula and that is not even counting the horny Mike Price.
Each coach came to power in a unique circumstance with a unique claim to power. The most instructive of these is the DuBose fiasco. Mike DuBose was elected the head football coach at Alabama by the insistence of a large majority of Alabama alums and fans. The fax campaign intimidated the athletic department leadership. OK, leadership is too strong a word for anything lead by Bob Bockrath. But, the point remains that the majority of fans selected DuBose. Alabama must find a coach capable of managing the entire program. While there will not be another Saban, Alabama can find a person who can be successful in Tuscaloosa. This person must be of sufficient stature to squelch the factional griping that inevitably will follow the coaching search. [More]