Interesting. Pate was a friend of mine before he went to Notre Dame as an assistant. Good guy and a very good coach. I think he played at Mississippi State University. Coached against him while he was an NJCAA coach. He's the real deal.
I would imagine that recruiting players to Tuscaloosa Alabama might not be the easiest thing to do given all the other great division 1 choices. Has Alabama ever won a national championship?