Different paths for SEC coaches

Alex Scarborough writes on TideNation about Alabama's national search to find a replacement for Mike Shula, an Alabama grad, and how the school's willingness to branch out delivered the wildly successful run of Nick Saban.

Georgia broke the mold when it hired Mark Richt, DawgNation's David Ching writes, a coach with no SEC ties when he came on board. But Richt was quick to hire plenty of former SEC players as assistants, and they helped him navigate the new terrain.

Florida is the exception to this new trend, according to GatorNation's Michael DiRocco. Will Muschamp played at Georgia before coaching at LSU and Auburn. Now the head man at Florida, he's using his conference connections to help on the field and on the recruiting trail.

LSU, meanwhile, has always been willing to buck the conference's trend of hiring local coaches. GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney writes that only one Tigers coach in the past 30 years graduated from an SEC school.