Why Nick Saban Is the Next Bear Bryant

Matthew StoneContributor IIJanuary 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide waves to the crowd after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama won the game by a score of 21-0.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Not many people were surprised that the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the LSU Tigers in the 2012 BCS National championship game, but the Crimson Tide took it right at LSU and were clearly hungry for a national title.

The credit has to go to Nick Saban. After taking over in 2007 and winning just seven games, the Tide went 12-2 in 2008, 14-0 in 2009, 10-3 in 2010 and 12-1 in 2011.

Saban is the master of adjustments. He had the Crimson Tide defense ready to shut down the LSU offense, and he recruits and coaches his players better than anybody in the country.

Bryant will forever live in Alabama lore, but Saban has all the tools to surpass him, and maybe, just maybe, go down as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time.