Re: How would Sabin leaving affect the SEC west?
Bama might lose a few recruits this year and next, in fact, Saban would like go after a few of his current commits to take with him. But as others have posted, Bama is Bama and they'd do just fine for the next several years with the players they have. They'd no doubt go after a coach that can build on what Saban has in place and not take a step backwards.
Other than our eventual facing them on our schedule, I don't think it matters much to us if Saban leaves. We just need to worry about taking care of our own business and not what others might or might not do. IMO