He’s done so three times already and this season will be his fourth try at it. (Though he would say with a brand new team, there’s no “defending” anything.) After the first two BCS crowns he won (LSU 2003, Alabama 2009) his teams failed to recapture the magic the following season. His 2011 title-winning squad, however, gave way to another national champion in 2012.
The trick to reaching the top of the mountain again? Starting from scratch. Saban knows it and consistently tries to get his players to understand it. Yesterday, he said the same to a group of Alabama fans at a booster event:
“Michael Jordan’s old statement is: No matter how many game-winning shots you’ve made in the past, the only one that matters is the next one. Well, that’s all that matters to us…
I think we’re still trying to find ourselves and find an identity as a team, which every team has to go through as you re-invent yourself. So we’ll see how that goes over the summer.”
If Alabama could win yet another BCS title this season, it would be Saban’s fifth national crown and the Tide’s fourth in five years. At that point you go from talking about “historically great” to “legendarily great.”