Pete Golding goes from small town to big stage, with great ideas lagging behind – The Athletic



When Nick Saban called Frank Wilson to ask him questions about one of his assistants, late 2017, the UTSA head coach knew he was about to lose one of the best coaches he has ever worked with.

Saban never met or even talked to the assistant coach, but he told Wilson that he had heard good things about Pete Golding, the Roadrunners defensive coordinator for the second year.

"I would like to visit him," said Saban. "What are your thoughts on him?"

Wilson had been friends with Saban since training Alabama at the LSU, while the UTTSA chief man was training a high school ball in New Orleans and was going to work in the summer camps Tigers.

"I think if you interview him, he'll be the guy you want to hire," Wilson said.

He knew that Golding would piss off Saban, not only with his ability to figure well on the board – a skill that often reveals how much a coach is poured into a pattern – but even more with the …


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