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Dan Enos explains why leaving Alabama for Miami is needed for him

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Shock waves went through fans of the University of Alabama football program on Friday afternoon, as news was reported on quarterbacks’ coach Dan Enos going to Miami. 

He had molded Tua Tagovailoa into a Heisman finalist and consensus All-American, while transforming Jalen Hurts to a much-improved passer. It was widely-regarded by everyone that Enos would serve as offensive coordinator under Nick Saban next fall; however, it will not happen.

The 50-year-old joins Manny Diaz’s coaching staff in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and according to an interview with Bo Mattingly, Enos said the move was right for him. 

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“There is so much more to these decisions than the small picture,” Enos said.  

“There’s big picture items that come into play. There’s family that comes into play. I think to people that aren’t involved and aren’t invested like we are… Like as a coach, this is your job, this is your life, this is your family. There is so much more to it than just the naked eye.” 

Enos has been a head coach at Central Michigan and an offensive coordinator at Arkansas, but Miami provides him with a different challenge. The Hurricanes struggled offensively in 2018 and without a quarterback groomer, the program suffered down the stretch. For a school that was once a national powerhouse, Enos believes he has the tools to restore “The U” back to glory. 

“The Miami thing was less about Alabama and more about the Miami situation and how we felt a really strong pull and desire to help a program that I believe is on the cusp of doing some great things with a coach that has a great vision,” Enos continued. “No matter what you do, if you stay you take risks, if you leave you take risks. Life is about taking risks and we always want to take ones that are calculated and well thought out, and that is what my family and I are doing.” 

You can check out the conversation with Enos and Mattingly below.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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