Since the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Clemson Tigers in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship to end the season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has seen offensive coordinator Mike Locksley (Maryland), quarterbacks coach Dan Enos (Miami), defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi (Cleveland Browns), wide receivers coach Josh Gattis (Michigan) and offensive line coach Brent Key (Georgia Tech).
Of the departures, Enos was the most surprising since he was expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator; Locksley agreed to accept the Maryland head coach job after the regular season ended, but remained with Alabama through the playoff. However, the manner in which Enos left is perhaps even more shocking, according to a report released Thursday by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman.
The remaining Crimson Tide staffers and Saban gathered for a meeting last Friday, and several of them knew Enos had accepted an offer from new Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz, per Feldman. Saban, though, was unaware, prompting the coach to ask, "Where the F#$% is Dan?!?" Feldman wrote. Enos' office had already been cleared out.
Feldman appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show to discuss the story on Thursday.
"Some of this was expected," Feldman said. "Before they had even beaten Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, a couple sources that I had had told me, last year they had six new assistants come in, and they were expecting similar amount of turnover. But the big surprise that no one was expecting was Dan Enos, who going to take over for Mike Locksley, and by all accounts inside the program had done a really good job in that quarterback room, not just with Tua Tagovailoa, but also Jalen Hurts. Was getting elevated to be the OC, and last Thursday night I heard some rumbling that he was in the mix for the Miami job. And I just thought, kind of dismissively, well he's not going to just leave Alabama with Tua and those four stud young receivers. Why would he do that?