The Ringer Writer Ben Glicksman: Saban and Alabama Needed Each Other [Audio]
Many national pundits and writers tend to search for negatives in the current Alabama dynasty, but not Ben Glicksman, contributer for TheRinger.com. He joined Aaron Suttles on The Suttles Approach to discuss his article explaining how this Alabama dynasty can't be matched, and how Nick Saban and the University of Alabama needed each other.
What Saban has done in Tuscaloosa in less than ten years is nothing shy of remarkable. Four national championships, four Southeastern Conference championships, two Heisman Trophy winners, while amassing a 104-18 record while at The Capstone. His success is unprecedented, especially among his contemporaries, but his "process" is trying to be duplicated by many other programs, albeit without the same amount of prosperity. Glicksman wrote about this for The Ringer, and mentioned it while being interviewed by Suttles on Wednesday.
"Right now, you see so many schools trying to mirror their process, whether it's Florida State with Jimbo Fisher, most recently Georgia with Kirby Smart... Florida State won a national championship, but none of them have achieved the sustained success that Alabama has."
In 2007, it seemed like the perfect marriage: Nick Saban, one of the top names in the collegiate coaching circuit, joining forces with one of the most successful programs in college football history in Alabama. However, they were both coming off some years of disappointment in terms of success (for lack of a better word): Saban had left the Miami Dolphins after going 15-17 from 2005-2006 and missing the playoffs both seasons he was in South Beach, and Alabama was coming off the firing of Mike Shula, as he was unable to bring Alabama back to where fans expected the program to be.
"Alabama... was sort of stuck in a rut for the past decade before Saban had stepped on campus, so by the time he had arrived, they were willing to say whatever you need to do to sort of get us back to the top of the mountain top, do it."
And he did just that.
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