The Saban Dynasty

Parker Fox, Editor-in-Chief

If Nick Saban isn’t the best coach in college football, then he is easily in the top five.  Just kidding, it’s Nick Saban.  He is the best coach in college football.  There’s no doubting it.  After success Michigan State, Saban moved on to LSU where he won a National Championship.  Like many others before him (Butch Davis, Steve Spurrier), Saban departed for the NFL only to figure out that he was incapable of coaching professional football.  Back in the SEC at Alabama, the fighting Sabans won the 2011 National Championship.  They are currently undefeated.  They bring in NFL-ready prospects every year.  What can stop Alabama from contending for the next dozen or so national championships?

With other elite programs, coaching changes are always a question.  Saban’s alma mater is Kent State, so the chances of him fleeing for sentimental reasons are about zero.  And there’s no way some other program could come in offering him bigger dollars than he is currently earning or that the Tide wouldn’t be willing to offer him.  He has plenty of coaching ahead of him at just 61.  Morbid as it may sound, the only thing standing between the Tide and annual BCS appearances would be the assassination of Nick Saban by an Auburn fan or death by “natural causes.”  Kids across the country know that Nick Saban will have them in the NFL in four years tops and probably with a few rings to go with it.  The running backs that the Tide has had the past few seasons tell the tale.  Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, and now Eddie Lacy.  The good people of Tuscaloosa claim that Lacy makes Ingram and Richardson look like mediocre backs at best (Ingram was drafted in the first round by the Saints; Richardson by the Browns).  That brings up a clear parallel in recent college football history: the Miami Hurricanes of the early 2000’s.  Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, and Willis McGahee all played at “The U” at the same time.

 The Canes’ dynasty ended quickly with Larry Coker proving to be a poor head coach.

But for what reason should Alabama’s end?  Nick Saban is the most proven coach in all of college football, and he’s not going anywhere.  If you’re a fan of an SEC team other than the Crimson Tide, you better hope he pulls an Urban Meyer (too soon, Florida fans?) and “spends some time with his family.”  Actually, Saban’s daughter is facing a lawsuit from a sorority sister at Alabama who claims she was assaulted by Kristen Saban.  If he doesn’t call it quits, the SEC and college football in general better be ready to see bigger, better, faster, stronger players in Crimson every January for a long, long time.