4. Dan Mullen
It’s sound logic to assume that if a coach could win 10 games at Mississippi State and 11 at Florida, he could probably win 12 or 13 at Alabama, but 12 or 13 wins isn’t enough anymore. Michigan just won the national title at 15-0 and will take another game or two next year with the expanded College Football Playoff.
It’s certainly easier to recruit at Alabama than it is anywhere else in the SEC, there is just a certain allure that the Crimson Tide have, but even at Alabama, Mullen would find a way to under-recruit.
Mullen’s final recruiting class at Florida ranked No. 17 in the country, but it is blatantly obvious that he left the program lacking talent. Mullen looks comfortable on TV and I can’t imagine he’ll get a call from Alabama, but it would be a massive mistake if he did.