Does Steele deserve another head-coaching opportunity?

October, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

My colleague Chris Low over on the SEC blog brought up an interesting name for potential jobs that will occur later this season.

Low mentions Kevin Steele, Alabama's associate head coach/head defensive coach under Nick Saban.

Obviously, Steele is remembered in the Big 12 for his struggles at Baylor that began from almost the beginning of his tenure. His ill-advised decision to tack on a meaningless touchdown against UNLV came back to haunt him when the Baylor running back Darrell Bush fumbled and UNLV defensive back Kevin Thomas returned the turnover 99 yards for a touchdown. It went downhill from there, as Steele finishing with a 9-36 record during his four seasons with the Bears.

Fans with a longer college football memory will remember Steele as the key recruiter on Nebraska's two national championship teams in the mid-1990s. The urban legend has Steele waiting out Tommie Frazier, playing dominoes for hours on end with Frazier's mother in order to convince him to come to Nebraska. That debt was repaid when Frazier joined Steele's coaching staff at Baylor.

Steele has done a fine job in resurrecting his career after the Baylor struggles.

It will be interesting to see where Steele gets a head coaching shot and I also think he deserves it. But I'd be extremely surprised if it was anywhere in the Big 12.  

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