Nick Saban ushered in the next great era of Alabama Crimson Tide football, and a second national championship in only his fifth year at the Capstone is doing nothing to hurt his chances for being called the greatest in Tide history.
He has a long way to go before he gets there, true, but he is well on his way. Putting the 2011 season's championship in his pocket has set him up for one of the best shots at a three-peat that we have seen since Florida State made it to three BCS title games in a row (from 1999 to 2001).
As the best coach in Tide history, he would have to eclipse the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, the current best coach in college football history. In doing so, he would take on the mantle.