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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tide's Steele deserves another head-coaching shot

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

A handful of assistant coaches in the SEC will likely be in play for head-coaching jobs at the end of season when the coaching dominoes start to fall around the country.

Florida's coordinators, Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong, have head coach written all over them. Down the road, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo may have a chance, and Ole Miss' Kent Austin is one to watch. Kentucky's Joker Phillips has already been pegged to replace Rich Brooks.

LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton deserves another chance, especially with how creative the Tigers have been on offense this season.

Nick Saban has a couple of guys on his staff that also deserve a shot, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Kevin Steele's name connected to a bunch of jobs come December. He's Alabama's associate head coach/head defensive coach and is a terrific recruiter. His resume includes both college and NFL experience, and he has head-coaching experience.

Saban swears by Steele, who's in his second year at Alabama after spending the previous four as the executive head coach to Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

"Kevin's an outstanding coach and outstanding recruiter," Saban said earlier this year. "He has become a right-hand man for me. He's certainly a guy who would make a fantastic head coach. Of all the assistant coaches I've had, Kevin's as fine as any of them."