Wednesday, February 5 2014 5:29 PM EST2014-02-05 22:29:10 GMT
(RNN) - Alabama and coach Nick Saban failed in their quest to win a third BCS National Championship last year, but the Crimson Tide did land the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for the third straightMore >>
The Southeastern Conference had seven of the top 10-ranked college football recruiting classes after 2014 Signing Day. More >>
Friday, January 3 2014 4:18 PM EST2014-01-03 21:18:26 GMT
(RNN) - Oklahoma beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and one Crimson Tide fan tried to beat up an Oklahoma fan in a wild altercation that was caught on video. The tension builds Thursday night at the New OrleansMore >>
An unidentified, irate Alabama fan threw herself over a row of Oklahoma fans to get at a young man she had been arguing with in a moment captured on video. More >>
Friday, December 20 2013 5:22 PM EST2013-12-20 22:22:39 GMT
(RNN) - Three Southeastern Conference schools will have to pay fines for having fans rush the field after big wins, and another must pay up for a longtime, loud tradition that violates a noise rule. AuburnMore >>
Auburn has to cough up $5,000 for fans storming the field after its Iron Bowl win; Mizzou, Ole Miss and Mississippi State were also fined for excessive fan celebration and noise, the Southeastern Conference announced Friday.More >>
Tuesday, December 17 2013 4:52 PM EST2013-12-17 21:52:06 GMT
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded in New York on Saturday night to a player in one of the deepest classes of finalists in the history of the award.More >>
Jameis Winston won the award with 668 first-place votes, ahead of second-place winner AJ McCarron of Alabama.More >>
MIAMI (RNN) - Paul W. Bryant's name is on the NCAA's national coach of the year trophy. That may need to be revisited if Nick Saban keeps winning.
Saban, 16 years into his career, has won more games faster than Bryant did over the same span and Saban did it in a more competitive landscape. Both coaches dominated the Southeastern Conference, but Saban has done it in the conference's golden era.
Including Alabama's dominating victory over Notre Dame, the SEC has won seven straight national championships - Saban has three of those, in six years. He won another at LSU in 2003, making him one of only three college coaches to win four national titles.
In his 38-year career, Bryant won six, but those came before the Bowl Championship Series, when reporters and coaches voted in polls to determine the winners. Two of Bryant's titles came before bowl losses and one was a split decision.
The BCS is a flawed system, but Saban has won his championships on the field. If he had to win a popularity contest to load the trophy case, he'd be in trouble.
Bryant was folksy and tough, his teams were immaculately prepared and he won with great and not-so-great talent. Saban, the driven perfectionist with a brusque personality, may not be as colorful or quotable, but boy, does he win.
Bryant was a slow starter compared to the 61-year-old Saban (Bryant passed away of a heart attack a few weeks after retiring in ill health at age 69).
Sixteen years into his career, Bryant had a record of 111-46-14 and had yet to win his first national title. In the same amount of time, Saban is 154-55-1.
Notre Dame's Frank Leahy and John McKay of Southern California are the only other college coaches to win four national championships.
Leahy's career at Notre Dame lasted just 13 years, but he won four national titles, had a record of 107-13-9. When he resigned, he was in bad health and said he felt unappreciated.
McKay coached 16 years at Southern California, won four national titles and had a record of 127-40-8. He bolted the college ranks for the pros, taking on the challenge of coaching the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a franchise he took to the playoffs a few years including one appearance in the NFC Championship Game.
Saban spent two bad years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, leaving to return to college and take over a floundering Alabama program.
Bryant's legacy was his longevity and the high quality of his teams year after year. Saban would be 83 in his 38th season - which is unlikely, because his charming but tough wife, Terry, would probably kill him long before that.
But can anybody seriously believe Saban is anywhere near finished? Rumors of leaving Alabama for NFL jobs surface all the time, but should they really be taken seriously? He's making $5 million a year, is master and commander of his program and is on a run that could be unparalleled in the history of the sport.
When Saban flew into Tuscaloosa in 2006, who would have thought that just six years later you could make a serious case that he's better than Bryant.
If he keeps his health and continues to do what he's capable of doing, he could erase all doubt before he hangs it up.
Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.
Who do you think is better?
Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says he expects a much-scrutinized proposal to prohibit snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play clock to pass when the NCAA playing rules oversight panel...More >>
Bret Bielema made an impassioned case in favor of the much-scrutinized proposal to slow down college offenses on Thursday night.More >>