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DeBoer on winning a championship year one: ‘That’s what you come here for’

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Kalen DeBoer is in Tuscaloosa with significantly higher expectations than he’s faced throughout his entire coaching career.

Despite last season’s improbable run to the national championship with the Washington Huskies, his current role is one where titles aren’t just hoped for — but expected. According to DeBoer, the expectations of success aren’t phasing him.

During an appearance on the NextRoundLive show, DeBoer was pressed by the hosts about expectations and whether or not he believes the Tide can win in his first season after his team came so close last year.

“In all honesty, that’s what you come here for,” DeBoer said. “There’s gonna come a point in time where there’s a lot of pressure going into a week or going into a moment of the game and the thing I’m always gonna remind the guys of is ‘This is why you came here.’ And that’s why I came here too, to be a part of that and have those expectations. That’s what it’s been and that’s what it needs to be. You try to do everything you can each and every day to make that happen and live up to that, that’s certainly our goal.”

The 2024 Alabama roster will be without a doubt the most talented group, at least on paper, that DeBoer has ever had.

While talent doesn’t guarantee anything, he certainly arrives in Tuscaloosa with lofty goals. Though Nick Saban is no longer in charge, DeBoer says the standard remains.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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