One hundred and fifty-six wins…6 conference SEC West division championships… 4 college head coaching jobs. A five-time National Coach of the Year, Saban has achieved resounding success as a head coach and has earned a reputation as an outstanding tactician, leader, organizer and motivator. Saban went into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2013.He was on the cover the cover of Forbes Magazines in 2008 as one of the most powerful college coaches in the game. Only the second coach in NCAA history to win a national championship at two different schools.
Starting his 8th season, Alabama began the year ranked #2 in the preseason AP and Coaches Poll for the third time in 4 years. It is the fifth straight season the Crimson Tide have started the year in the top 2 and seventh consecutive year in the top 5. In the season opener Alabama improved to 4-0 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game beating West Virginia 33-23 in the first meeting between the two schools. The Tide won their home opener the next week over FAU 41-0 after the game was called in the 4th quarter due to lightning.
Saban will earn $400,000 completion bonus per year, bringing the total contract to $55.2 million. His eight-year contract totaling $32 million made him one of the highest paid football coaches, professional or college, in the United States at the time.
He appeared on the September 1, 2008 cover of Forbes magazine as “The Most Powerful Coach in Sports“. Saban’s career record as a college head coach is 165–57-1
Saban graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio , where he played defensive back for the football team under coach Don James.. Along with a roommate, he avoided being amidst the infamous Kent State shooting when they decided to eat lunch while walking to the rally.
A man of vision who has a proven record of championship success, head coach Nick Saban has returned the University of Alabama to the top of the college football landscape with his commitment to building the total program. After the victory over Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Saban joined Frank Leahy, Paul “Bear” Bryant and John McKay as the only coaches to win four national titles in the modern era.
As he begins his eighth season in Tuscaloosa, Saban’s uncompromising dedication to excellence in every phase of the program has resulted in the school’s 13th, 14th and 15th national championships and the foundation is in place to yield long-term success for the Crimson Tide. A five-time National Coach of the Year, Saban has achieved resounding success as a head coach and has earned a reputation as an outstanding tactician, leader, organizer and motivator.
Those qualities have sparked impressive turnarounds at every stop of his career. Saban’s consistent approach and disciplined leadership are the reasons his teams are known for exhibiting grit, determination and resilience, often overcoming adversity to make victory.
He is the first coach to win back-to-back BCS national championships and has won four titles in his last eight years of coaching college football. Saban is one of three college coaches in the poll era (since 1936) to win three national championships in four years, joining Frank Leahy of Notre Dame (1946-47, 1949) and Tom Osborne of Nebraska (1994-95, 1997). He is also the fourth coach in the poll era to win four national championships (Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant, John McKay of Southern California and Leahy).
The Iron Bowl moves to Tuscaloosa this season and Auburn’s schedule is much tougher (Georgia and South Carolina from the east). The Crimson Tide, outside of question at quarterback (which obviously is important) is how loaded on offense and extremely talented on defense, where they are always very good. Alabama is the preseason media pick to win the SEC Championship this season and I agree, but it wasn’t the easiest pick.
Betting against Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide usually comes at a cost and I don’t see them losing to Auburn two years in a row, especially at home. While whoever is starting at QB for Bama will likely have growing pains, the aid of TJ Yeldon and Amari Cooper along the always stout Tide defense will be able to overcome the loss of AJ McCarron
Alabama began the 2014 season ranked #2 in the preseason AP and Coaches Poll for the third time in 4 years. It is the fifth straight season the Crimson Tide have started the year in the top 2 and sixth overall in the top 5.