Who Will Be The Next Alabama Football Coach? Favorites To Replace Saban


It is time for a new regime to take the reigns in Tuscaloosa, with Nick Saban set to retire as the Alabama football coach after 17 years of leading the Crimson Tide.

The news surfaced on Wednesday afternoon, and immediately sparked speculation about who could be Saban’s replacement.

Of course, for years there has been speculation that Clemson’s Dabo Swinney could be next in line for Alabama once Saban moved on. Unsurprisingly, he is among the favorites to land the job, but after a lackluster season for the Tigers, Swinney is not the favorite.

That honor, in the eyes of the oddsmakers, belongs to Oregon head coach Dan Lanning.

Before taking over at Oregon in 2022, Lanning was the defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach for the vaunted Georgia Bulldogs. In Lanning’s final year at Georgia, the Bulldogs finished the regular season undefeated and went on to beat the Crimson Tide in the national championship game.

Lanning served as a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2015 — where the Crimson Tide defeated Clemson in the national championship game.

Other favorites for the job include Lane Kiffin, Deion Sanders, and Washington’s Kalen DeBoer.

Who else could be in the mix?

A full look at the odds of becoming the next Alabama football coach can be seen below, via SportsBetting.ag.

Next Alabama Head Coach Odds

  • Dan Lanning                  3/1
  • Dabo Swinney               4/1
  • Lane Kiffin                    5/1
  • Deion Sanders               6/1
  • Kalen DeBoer                6/1
  • Pat Shurmur                 9/1
  • Urban Meyer                10/1
  • Billy Napier                   14/1
  • Derek Dooley                14/1
  • Mike Norvell                 16/1
  • Ryan Day                      20/1
  • DeMeco Ryans              22/1
  • Marcus Freeman           22/1
  • James Franklin              25/1
  • Sherrone Moore           25/1
  • Mike Shula                    28/1
  • Steve Sarkisian              35/1
  • Will Muschamp             40/1
  • Mario Cristobal             50/1
  • Mike Vrabel                  50/1
  • Dan Quinn                    66/1
  • Brian Daboll                  75/1
  • Butch Jones                  75/1
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix          75/1
  • Major Applewhite         75/1
  • Tommy Rees                 75/1
  • Bill Belichick                  80/1
  • Bill O’Brien                   80/1
  • Pete Carroll                  80/1
  • Adam Gase                   100/1
  • Greg McElroy                100/1
  • Jason Garrett                100/1
  • Jim Harbaugh                100/1
  • Jimbo Fisher                 100/1
  • Ken Whisenhunt           100/1
  • Kirby Smart                   100/1
Alabama Coach Nick Saban Retires After 17 Years Leading Crimson Tide
Alabama Coach Nick Saban Retires After 17 Years Leading Crimson Tide