Scarbinsky: Some Tide basketball boosters dream of Tubby Smith

There are different ways to change coaches.
If you’re searching for one of the bluebloods in the profession, it’s wise to follow a time-honored blueprint.

Identify a proven winner.
Gauge his interest through back channels.
When the time is right, make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Call it the Saban Model.
Nick Saban wasn’t the first coach to get hired that way, but that approach worked so well for Alabama in football, some influential supporters would like to see the school follow the same path in basketball.

al.com
1/16/09