Alabama Coaching Duo of Nick Saban and Avery Johnson Named Best in SEC
The Southeastern Conference might have the nation's best collection of head coaches in football and basketball, but which school can boast the best duo?
According to Athlon Sports, that would be the University of Alabama. The publication released its college football-college basketball tandem rankings, and the combination of Avery Johnson-Nick Saban is considered the best in the conference.
This is how Athlon describes the duo:
With four national championships at Alabama, one title at LSU, and eight consecutive top-10 finishes, Saban is the top coach in either football or men’s basketball right now. There’s no sign this streak is going to slow down any time soon. The former NBA coach Johnson seemed to be a questionable pick for Tide (especially as he was the program’s second choice after Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall). Now, Johnson could be the Coach of the Year in the SEC if the Tide reach the NCAA Tournament in his first year. He also had a standout recruiting class coming in for 2016-17.
The SEC West makes up the entire top 5 but No. 2 might surprise you. Mississippi State's Dan Mullen-Ben Howland tandem is right behind the Crimson Tide in the rankings. Ole Miss, Auburn, and Arkansas round out the top 5.
Things have changed quite a bit in one year. When this was released one year ago, Auburn took the top spot with Athlon saying, "During the course of two seasons, Auburn made two hires that changed the trajectory of its football and basketball program." The optimism has cooled a bit over the past 12 months.
For Alabama, the school made a big jump from No. 5 last year with the new hire of Avery Johnson, who has program on the cusp of an NCAA Tournament appearance in his first year.
You can see the full list of rankings here.