Alabama Crimson Tide Win 6th National Championship Under Nick Saban
By: JJ Lanier
TheSouthernSportsEdition.com news services
There have been some impressive college football dynasties over the years, but it’s hard to imagine a more successful one than the one currently taking place in Tuscaloosa.
If you take out Saban’s inaugural year in 2007 the Crimson Tide have never won fewer than 10 games in a season (they’ve won 12 or more in 10 of those 13 seasons) own 8 Division titles, 7 Conference titles, and 6 National Championship trophies.
What separates Alabama from other remarkable runs other programs have made is not only the longevity, but the circumstances surrounding it.
As frustrated as people get having to hear the argument about players and teams being from different eras, that does make a difference.
This isn’t the Knute Rockne/Bear Bryant days where all the best players went to one or two schools, making it easier to dominate the competition.
Not only are there more options for players, but a lot of players are spurning some of the bigger programs so they (players) have a better chance of getting their name out there and building their brand.
Yet, Alabama is still able to bring in top rated classes, year after year. They’ve also achieved these feats playing in arguably the most difficult conference in the country.
Clemson, a team some people, myself included, thought could dethrone Alabama as the premier program, is a perfect example. As impressive as the Tigers have been the past 5-6 years, and as deserving as they were in their two championship runs, you knew they were going to have a shot because of the league they play in.
The Tide have been more successful, for twice as long, playing in a much more difficult conference.
One area that seems to fly a bit under the radar is the number of coordinators Saban has gone through, especially on the offensive side.
Over his 14 tenure there have been seven (about to be eight) different offensive coordinators at the helm.
We like to discuss at length the hurdles that come with player turnover due to transfers, graduating, etc., but to have that many different coordinators reigning over the side of the ball Saban is least comfortable with says a lot about his ability to bring in talent not only on the field, but on the sideline as well.
Granted, he’s been fortunate to have some talented play callers on his staff, but to give credit where it’s due, he also was willing to take chances on guys like Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian when their names weren’t exactly well received around the league.
That’s not to say Alabama and Saban are perfect or that they’ve won me over as a fan; of the three people I like associated with the state of Alabama, (Jason Isbell, Charles Barkley, and a player to be named later) none of them have anything to do with Alabama football.
It’s difficult to be objective towards Saban and the Tide- he’s not exactly the most gregarious person there is and winning as much as the program has does automatically brings detractors.
But, with Alabama winning their sixth title in 13 years, I do find myself appreciating what Saban has achieved during his time there.
The argument could be made some were just as good, but regardless of tonight’s outcome, I’d argue nobody has been better.