This is quite odd.
Almost two weeks since the Alabama Crimson Tide got smashed by the Clemson Tigers 44-16, it was time for everybody involved with Bama football to get back to work and fix everything that went wrong during the National Championship game.
Head coach Nick Saban and the rest of his crew were at their regularly scheduled staff meeting on January 11th, when Saban scanned the room and didn’t see quarterbacks coach Dan Enos among the many faces. Unbeknownst to Saban, Enos had been in talks with Miami about their offensive coordinator vacancy under new coach Manny Diaz and seemingly and quietly accepted the position without telling Saban.
And when Enos didn’t show up to the meeting, Saban asked where he was multiple times.
From the Athletic:
“Where the F#$% is Dan?!?”
Several of the staffers knew the answer to their boss’ question. Word had already spread that the 50-year-old Enos was headed to Miami to become offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Manny Diaz. No one in the room wanted to be the one to break that news to Saban, even though Miami was primed to announce it in a couple hours.
One staffer scrambled to check if Enos was in his office. It was empty, save for a pencil on the desk. Maybe he’d already moved into [current Maryland head coach and former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike] Locksley’s old office, but that one was empty too.
Enos was officially announced as Miami’s OC on Jan. 11.
On Thursday, Enos took to Twitter and addressed the situation, claiming that he told Alabama officials he was leaving.
That same report that Enos was on tap to be the offensive coordinator for the Tide after Locksley’s departure for Maryland, but the rapid changes in the coaching staff likely made Enos seek a more stable position somewhere else.
When Bama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis said he told Saban he was leaving to go to Michigan — Saban had “chewed” him out for 20 minutes trying to get him to stay on staff. Enos likely did not want that same type of conversation.
Alabama is reportedly hiring Steve Sarkisian as the team’s new offensive coordinator.