It is always worth watching Nick Saban hire assistant coaches. Saban lost his top-notch defensive line coach, Karl Dunbar, to the Pittsburgh Steelers. So he goes and hires Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. Now there is a connection of sorts: Kuligowski played at Toledo in 1990 when Saban was the head coach for one season.
But more importantly, Kuligowski coached five first-round picks at Missouri and was the first coach Miami coach Mark Richt hired when he got the Hurricanes’ job. Richt even hired Kuligowski before hiring a defensive coordinator, that’s how much he valued the defensive line coach.
The point is Saban goes out and hires high-quality coaches. How often does USC do this anymore? It’s not like it doesn’t work out when it happens. Running backs coach Deland McCullough was a huge success. But then the quarterbacks coach opened up and Clay Helton simply promoted Bryan Ellis. That is the current USC way.