As the poster child for ballooning staff sizes across the Football Bowl Subdivision, Alabama has collected a smorgasbord of former college head coaches willing to accept reduced pay and responsibilities in exchange for having their reputations cleaned, buffed and polished by Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Last year's coaching staff included five former head coaches: offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian (Washington and Southern California), offensive line coach Kyle Flood (Rutgers) and off-field assistants Major Applewhite (Houston), Butch Jones (most recently Tennessee) and Mike Stoops (Arizona).
After two seasons as an Alabama assistant, Sarkisian was hired as the head coach at Texas. Flood will tag along as the Longhorns' offensive coordinator. Applewhite was hired last month as the offensive coordinator at South Alabama. Three years after being fired by the Volunteers, Jones was named the new head coach at Arkansas State.
"The three years at Alabama allowed me to self-reflect," Jones said last month. "You constantly look for improvement. You never waste an opportunity to get better.”