His bronze statue shares a spot on the plaza outside Bryant-Denny Stadium with the rest of Alabamas national title-winning coaches, the nine-foot likeness of Nick Saban putting him on equal ground with Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, Wallace Wade and Frank Thomas.
But in the annals of Crimson Tide history, there is the Bear, and there is everybody else.
Saban may never change that sentiment in Tuscaloosa, where theres Bryant Hall, Bryant Bridge, Bryant Drive and a high school, conference center and stadium named after the legend. A victory over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game, though, could create a very intriguing and, in some parts of the Yellowhammer State, borderline blasphemous argument: Saban may be Bryants equal.
No, he wouldnt have as many career national titles, with Sabans four trailing Bryant by two, and a 154th win still leaves him way behind Bears 323. But its the era Saban has done it in and the short amount of time hes needed that make his case.
With a cha...