Before last year’s national championship game, there was a lot of discussion about whether a win would make Nick Saban the greatest college coach of all-time.
Saban was going after his sixth national championship, which would tie him with the original Alabama legend, Bear Bryant.
I may be in the minority here. But even though the Crimson Tide lost 35-31 to Clemson in Tampa last January, Saban is still in that discussion as far as I’m concerned.
No disrespect to the man in the hound’s tooth hat. But it’s way harder to win in this era than it was in Bryant’s day. The competition is so much fiercer; there are so many more schools that are threats to go all the way. Five titles in Saban’s era vs. six for Bryant is at least a wash, as far as I’m concerned. Especially because Saban, who won his first title at LSU, is the only coach in AP-poll era to win national championship at two schools.
That said, I won’t press the argument that Saban already is the best of all-time.
There is no arguing this, though: He is far from done. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.