Nick Saban’s backup targets for Pete Golding

Alabama Football is looking for a new defensive coordinator. At The Crimson Tide, former defense coordinator Pete Golding left his position and took on the same role for Ole Miss under Lane Kiffin.

Golding oversaw the Alabama defense for four years before leaving. He signed a contract extension in 2021 and it seemed he would be staying for at least a few more years.

Unfortunately it shouldn’t be. Now Nick Saban has to look for another defensive player. There will certainly be no shortage of interested coaches, but who will Saban call on for defence?

Without further ado, here are the top three candidates to replace Pete Golding as Alabama football defensive coordinator.

3) Brad White, Defense Coordinator for the Kentucky Wildcats

White has spent the last five seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Wildcats. And he did a lot of good in his time at Lexington.

White joined Kentucky ahead of the 2018 season after spending time with the Indianapolis Colts. Under his supervision, defensive end Josh Allen was named National Defensive Player of the Year with 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss.

In 2019, the Wildcats named White as their defensive coordinator. Since then, Kentucky has had one of the best defenses in the SEC. The Wildcats have consistently had top-40 defenses, with their defense ranking 12th in 2022.

White accomplished all of this without having much high-end talent at his disposal. Besides Allen, the most notable candidates to come from Kentucky during his tenure are Jamin Davis and Josh Paschal.

If he’s been successful with his current group of players, Nick Saban would be wise to give him a chance to coach the Alabama defense.

2) Glenn Schumann, Georgia Bulldogs co-defensive coordinator

Like WeiƟ, Schumann has held the title of defensive coordinator since 2019. Unlike White, however, Schumann has experience dealing with elite players.

Schumann has back-to-back national championships with Georgia. He has helped coach one of the best central-back candidates of recent times, Jalen Carter.

Another plus for Schumann are his connections to Alabama. The 32-year-old earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama. He also worked under Saban in the mid-2010s, which made him familiar with how Saban works.

He is also a young coach, only turning 33 in March. Saban has shown his willingness to give younger coaches a chance to develop and Schumann would certainly fit the bill.

Overall, Schumann is an excellent fit. From his experience at the top of college football to his ties to Alabama, it would be a great hire for the Nick Saban defense.

1) Jeremy Pruitt, former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers

Pruitt is a fan favorite returning to the Crimson Tide and leading their defense. And it’s easy to see why. Pruitt was Alabama’s defense coordinator from 2016-17 and won a National Championship in 2017.

Pruitt left to be a head coach in Tennessee, and this is where things get a little tricky. He was fired after an investigation uncovered recruiting violations committed by Pruitt.

After his time with the Vols, the 48-year-old spent the 2021 season with the New York Giants. However, he was not retained after the Giants fired Joe Judge.

The recruitment breach case is ongoing, which could complicate matters for the 48-year-old. However, Pruitt was not penalized or placed in a “show cause” situation. Anyway Alabama is said to be interested by glancing at the former Vols head coach.

If Alabama is able to secure Pruitt’s services, it would be prudent to give its former defense coordinator another chance.