TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- There's a list somewhere inside the walls of the University of Alabama athletic offices with names on it, some we could guess and some that would surely surprise us. In the event that a coaching hire becomes necessary, the list is brought out as a rough outline of prospective candidates for the job. Every athletic department has the same piece of paper with coaches' names on it, and Alabama is no different.
"We keep a good list of what happens if a truck hits somebody," UA athletic director Bill Battle quipped on Monday morning, "because you never know when you're going to need to hire somebody."
Sometimes the truck is a bad season. Sometimes the truck is retirement. Sometimes the truck is simply a vehicle that takes a coach away for one reason or another.