Nick Saban arrived at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport to a frenzied throng of Alabama fans with perhaps unheralded excitement and expectations.
Considering that excitement and those expectations came from Alabama, the idea of there being unheralded speaks volumes.
Many coaches have come to Alabama in hopes of bringing a multitude of national championships the way Bear Bryant once did.
Few have succeeded in producing even one.
Rather than looking at the treacherous mountain to climb and becoming intimidated, though, Saban trusted his “process.”
It had worked in the past. After all, Saban led LSU to the 2003 BCS National Championship. Him doing so within Alabama’s own division only further inflated already lofty expectations within the program.
In believing in the “Process,” Saban has returned Alabama to a level of national prominence not seen since the Bear roamed the sidelines.
The Crimson Tide has won three national championships in the first seven years under Saban. Last season, only Auburn’s miracle play in the final seconds of regulation prevented Alabama from having an overtime session to determine whether it would play for a third consecutive title.
Today, we take a look at the 10 most defining moments in Saban’s remarkable era at Alabama. The moments on this list should serve the purpose of either an incredible high or a noteworthy turning point.
Here is our list of Saban’s most defining moments since taking over as Alabama head coach, listed in chronological order.