Dan Lanning, Kalen DeBoer candidates to pass Kirby Smart as CFB’s top coach

Posted on May 3, 2024

By Shehan Jeyarajah, CBS Sports: When Nick Saban retired in January, the title of best coach in college football was briefly vacant for the first time in more than a decade. Saban’s shadow has hung over the sport for years, but it was time for new blood to emerge.

Fittingly, the apple comes straight from the tree. Saban’s protégé and former defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, now holds the top spot for himself. The Georgia coach leads the only program to repeat as champions in the College Football Playoff era, and he was the first former Saban assistant to topple the king. With Saban out of the picture, Smart now reigns supreme.

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