Is the next Kirby Smart out there to replace James Franklin?

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Penn State head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a play against the Michigan Wolverines during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 11, 2023 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Penn State head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a play against the Michigan Wolverines during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 11, 2023 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Apr 22, 2023; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; White team coach Tommy Rees, AlabamaÕs offensive coordinator, talks to players on the sideline during the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2023; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; White team coach Tommy Rees, AlabamaÕs offensive coordinator, talks to players on the sideline during the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports /

Tommy Rees, Alabama OC

Like many of the best coaches around college football, Kirby Smart was a Nick Saban disciple. When Smart took the job at Georgia, he was still helping Saban win a national championship at Bama as his defensive coordinator.

Penn State could poach a Saban offensive assistant in the 31-year-old Tommy Rees. Rees isn’t quite as seasoned as Smart was, but what he’s done with Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe proves he’s ready for a shot to lead a team.

Milroe was terrible at the start of the season in Bama’s loss to Texas and was benched the next week against USF. Then, Rees and the coaching staff committed to Milroe and built a dynamic offense tailor-made for his quarterback.

Milroe is now averaging over 10 yards per attempt and completing about 65% of his passes. He’s run for nine touchdowns, but he’s also one of the best deep passers in the country. That should be music to the ears of Penn State fans who have been watching Drew Allar average 6.6 yards per attempt in Mike Yurcich’s offense.

Before going to Alabama, Rees was the OC and QB coach at Notre Dame.