Is this even an argument? I think what Saban has done, in this conference, in this era, is well beyond even what Bear Bryant accomplished.
New Alabama athletic director Bill Battle played under Paul “Bear” Bryant and led his own program as head coach at Tennessee. In his view, current Tide coach Nick Saban is doing what’s never been done before:
“I think what they’ve done is unprecedented. I have admired what they’ve done from afar, and for the last few months, have admired what they do up front. Coach Saban has got a great program going. He is as focused and intense a guy as I’ve ever been around. Everything that they do, they peel back all the layers to get down to what needs to be done as well as anybody I’ve ever seen.”
The word “unprecedented” likely leaves some Bama fans wondering if Battle is putting Saban ahead of his own legendary coach. Is he?
“What coach Bryant did was unprecedented at the time, I think. This is a different time. I don’t think that competition has ever been greater in the history of college football than it is today.”
Good sidestep. Especially considering that both Bryant and Saban would likely find their faces on an SEC Mt. Rushmore should one ever be commissioned.