Alabama Football: Moving on from T-Rob means moving to who?

On Saturday, and practically, again on Monday, Alabama Football lost an assistant coach, who had a chance to join Kalen DeBoer's staff. It is time to move on ... quickly.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Let's leave Travaris Robinson's exit from the Alabama Football staff as a business decision he made. Crimson Tide players wanted him to stay. He had an offer believed to be as Co-DC. He chose to move on. Now it is time for the Alabama Crimson Tide program and Bama fans to move on from T-Rob.

Robinson's recruiting skills and contacts will be a challenge to replace. He is also a good football coach, but it is reasonable to believe his coaching contribution will be replaced. The new hire or hires may well be better.

Though it was just days ago, it feels like weeks, when I suggested the post-Saban world of Alabama Football would get ugly first, before stability returned. We're not to stable yet, but quick progress has been made.

Before Robinson's decision, 22 Alabama players had entered the Transfer Portal. There will be more. In contrast, it is encouraging how many players have been vocal in steadfast support of the Crimson Tide. There are many, including key players Jalen Milroe, Deontae Lawson, Tyler Booker, Malachi Moore, Jihaad Campbell, and Jaeden Roberts.

Before Robinson's decision became known, there was a buzz about Kalen DeBoer adding current South Alabama Head Coach Kane Wommack to the Tide staff. DeBoer and Wommack worked together on the Indiana staff in 2019. Wommack spent three seasons with the Hoosiers and became known as a highly respected defensive coach.

In 2021 Wommack became the head coach at South Alabama, where he has compiled a 22-16 record. Before his Indiana stint, he was at South Alabama as an assistant for two seasons. It is not known if Wommack can be convinced to move back to a coordinator level, but as a DC, Alabama could double his South Alabama salary.

Before the three-day Travaris Robinson saga, D.J. Durkin's had been mentioned as a possible addition. At first, it was to join Nick Saban's staff. The possibility remains viable, with interest by Durkin and DeBoer. Durkin is a good coach with considerable SEC experience at Florida, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.

There is also a good possibility that Washington's Co-DC and Safeties Coach, Chuck Morrell will join DeBoer in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama fans an be sure Kalen DeBoer will act quickly. One guess is if the choice is Wommack, it will be as the sole Defensive Coordinator.