With three NCAA bids on the table and no SEC, it’s now time for Auburn football to take a crack at its first SEC coach since 2001.UAB will be looking to hire the same coach who took the program to the national championship game four times and won the 2006 and 2008 SEC championships.
It’s the first time a SEC team has hired a head coach from a non-conference school.
It’s a major step up for UAB, which is now 6-3 overall and 3-0 in SEC play.
The Tigers are 2-5 overall and 0-6 in SEC games this season.
Former UAB head coach Kevin Steele left to coach the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and now will be working with the SEC’s Alabama Crimson Tide.
UAB will play SEC opponents Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi State on Oct. 28.
It will be the first coaching change since Steele’s retirement in 2017.
Uab had just two full-time assistant coaches on staff when he retired.
Former head coach Nick Saban was hired by Alabama in 2011.
The Crimson Tide are 7-3 and have won five straight SEC games.
Saban will be in his first season at UAB and his first SEC game as a head football coach.
Alabama’s offense is averaging just over 230 points per game this season, which ranks 29th in the SEC.
The Crimson Tide have won three straight SEC East games and are 5-1 against the SEC this season as they open a season-long road trip in November.
The Bulldogs have won just two of their last five SEC games, but have scored at least 20 points in six of their past seven games.
They will travel to Florida to face the Gators in the first meeting of the season.
The SEC is in the midst of a conference shake-up after the departure of five of its top eight teams.
The SEC has three teams in the playoff hunt with Arkansas, Alabama and LSU, and three in the final four spots.