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Watch: Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer pulls up at Nick Saban’s charity golf event

Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer smiling in the indoor facility as the Crimson Tide is in 2024 spring practice.
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Kalen DeBoer is taking every opportunity to glean wisdom from Nick Saban.

He admired the 72-year-old’s work ethic from afar, seeing him propel the University of Alabama football program to six national championships, nine Southeastern Conference Championships, four Heisman Trophy winners, several All-Americans, and a host of other incredible accolades. DeBoer was handpicked by Greg Byrne to be Saban’s successor and Saban feels the program is in good hands with the 49-year-old. DeBoer participated in the Regions Pro-Am golf event with Saban, and he pulled up Tuesday in Birmingham (Ala.) for Saban’s annual Nick’s Kids charity golf tournament. He golfed with Tide legends, Mark Ingram and Tua Tagovailoa, and current players — including safety Malachi Moore. Nick Kelly of Tuscaloosa News got video of DeBoer arriving.

He turned Washington from a 4-8 record in 2021 to a Pac-12 Champion two years later.

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DeBoer had the Huskies in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game versus Michigan in the 2023 season.

Alabama fans are very excited to see what he does in year one in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He is becoming acquainted with the state of Alabama in recruiting different high school and speaking at various events. DeBoer has a system that he is confident in, and the players have loved his vibe since his arrival. He is learning from Saban and Alabama fans want it to pan out well in the fall.

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

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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