While Deion Sanders has only been the head coach at Colorado for two games, many are already wondering what’s next for Coach Prime.
That includes ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, who had suggested that the Hall of Fame cornerback could ultimately wind up being Nick Saban’s successor at Alabama.
“I had a colleague ask me today, this is where we are on the morning after, who do you think the top three candidates would be if quote unquote, Nick Saban retired?” Finebaum said during an appearance on the Matt Barrie Show on Sunday. “And I don’t know if Prime is on that list or not. But why not?”
Finebaum later added: “I’m not gonna get too deep into the weeds. When I was trying to think of some of the names. I mean, they’re all just nice coaches, but none of them have the star power. I mean, quite frankly, Nick Saban doesn’t have the star power that Deion Sanders has right now.”
Even before Finebaum’s suggestion, many in the college football world were already speculating about the possibility of Coach Prime one day succeeding Saban following Alabama’s 34-24 loss to Texas on Saturday.
Alabama should open up the Brinks truck for Coach Prime.
— Leslie M. (@FouhyStan) September 10, 2023
That Alabama era is over It’s Coach Prime Time
— 💙 (@Bk4Eva250) September 10, 2023
I said this after the Nebraska game but before the Texas game kicked off:
Prime could very well end up being the head coach at Alabama to start the 2025 season.
— Kelsey (@HowardCosell) September 10, 2023
Coach Prime to Alabama.
— Travis (@travismattox) September 10, 2023
#alabama Coach Prime get ready!! Alabama is all yours!
— Jim Eagle🥉 (@cajinbama) September 10, 2023
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum saying what probably everyone at Alabama is thinking.
Will Alabama go after Coach Prime after this season?
Both Shedeur and Shilo are likely both gone after this year. Will Prime even stay in coaching?https://t.co/x5O2ZkQ04i
— Immaculate (@ImmaculateView) September 10, 2023
He’s done. They will go after Coach Prime.
— Jake 5⭐️ '97 (@jbluft) September 10, 2023
When does Coach Prime start his new job At Alabama?
— Camron Duncan (@Nin10doCam) September 10, 2023
Considering his historic run in Tuscaloosa, there is obviously no shortage of intrigue when it comes to Saban’s future replacement. But as Finebaum noted, there are few potential candidates who could exceed Saban’s star power and Coach Prime — who has starred alongside the Alabama coach in Aflac commercials — happens to be one of them.