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You know the funny thing is that UT was in much the same position this year as we were with Shula in 2006. We got Saban and they got Butch Jones. Nothing against Jones but we have to be appreciative of how lucky we were to nab Saban when we did. If Jones does not get it done at UT (and I would not bet on it) they are in serious trouble of becoming a permanent lower division SEC team. Love it.
The biggest reason I wanted to keep Shula was for fear that we couldn't land a Saban based on the way the program had been from the time Stallings left. It seemed like everyone was turning us down. I thought we needed a guy to take us to the next level that was on the same level as a Mark Richt type and that after some success we'd be able to land a Saban or someone.
I'm happy we made the change, but at the same time I think some of us should take a look back and thank Shula for what he did which was take the most demanding job in America and stabilize a program mired in sanctions, discipline issues, etc. He also landed many of the key leaders for our 2009 championship team (Arenas, McClain, McElroy, Reamer, etc).
I was a teenager at the end of the Coach Bryant era. I took Coach Bryant and the Alabama Program for granted because I grew up not knowing anything different.
I'm enjoying the Coach Saban era to the fullest and not taking anything for granted.
I encourage everyone to enjoy this era of Alabama Football because you never know when it will end (hopefully not for another 10 years at the minimum).
As long as Coach Saban is here...we will be in the conversation for a title every year. I will be extremely surprised if we don't win multiple titles over the next 5-8 years.
I agree. It is funny to see the revisionist after such a short time. Had anyone proposed Nick vs Shula, the vote would have been 99-1. Mal did not have the history to suggest that we would get Nick, or anyone in the same league. Thankfully, and most deservingly, he did.
What's interesting to me is how we've taken down other programs who have risen up to challenge us. When we beat Florida, LSU, Auburn, it's like we killed their will. Yet to be seen, I think that has happened to Notre Dame and hopefully, Georgia (yet to be seen). In 2013, we will put TAM in their place and I predict it won't be a pretty sight for them.
You really think Edwards would need a month to prepare for Osteen?
I was a freshman when Snake Stabler was a senior. Bear didn't have scholarship limitations and most everybody wanted to play for him in those days..he was a legend. CNS picks and chooses his recruits based on lots of criteria...the physical aspects as well as intelligence & character factor and willingness to be "coached up". He then uses every facet of teaching methods available...mental, emotional, strenghthening & conditioning, psychological, etc. He works on the body, spirit & mind...I saw where he's even incorporating vision focus/strengthening - will be part of the new facility. .He is truly the most amazing coach I've seen in all my years. I may be a woman, but, I've kept up with football, mostly college football my entire life. This is, indeed, the most exciting time of Alabama football I've enjoyed... (oops, I just heard another wheel fall off the Gus Bus!!) LOL
^^^^Outstanding and Informative post^^^^ Thank you and RTR!
The best part is I feel the 4 team playoff plays right into our hands. I don't see us finishing many regular seasons outside of the top 4. IIRC we would've been in the playoff in 2008 had there been one.
Never Gets Old
Enjoying the process. RTR!
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