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    Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    It is a compelling argument and after last night it is pretty close if you ask me. Hardcore Bama fans can answer it better than me, but after making a change that 95% of college coaches would not do in that situation it is hard to not say Saban has passed "The Bear"


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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Two totally different coaches and two totally different eras. Bear couldn't win like Saban now but Nick could not have won like he has back then.

    On a list, I'd still have Bryant slightly higher bc he won more games, but Saban is only a millimeter behind him.
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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Saban will win at least one more NC at Bama.. even still I have him above Bryant now because the modern game is more difficult than it was then (I'd imagine). The athletes these days... from all the competition. There's no way a full season back then was as grueling as it is now.

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Saban for sure..you actually have to earn a title in today's current system. It's not just up to some biased media people voting. Overall there is much more parody in NCAA football as well which makes for a much more competitive atmosphere.

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Yes..

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgilicious View Post
    It is a compelling argument and after last night it is pretty close if you ask me. Hardcore Bama fans can answer it better than me, but after making a change that 95% of college coaches would not do in that situation it is hard to not say Saban has passed "The Bear"
    Well, Coach Bryant often replaced his "A" team with his "B" team even when behind. Coach Saban won National Championships at LSU and Alabama, while Coach Bryant won National Titles at Alabama and Kentucky. I still give the nod to The Bear, but Coach Saban is getting there.

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Really Big Bama Fan View Post
    Well, Coach Bryant often replaced his "A" team with his "B" team even when behind. Coach Saban won National Championships at LSU and Alabama, while Coach Bryant won National Titles at Alabama and Kentucky. I still give the nod to The Bear, but Coach Saban is getting there.
    Year in year out counting, Saban has won a higher percentage of titles at Alabama. Beyond anyone else ever. In the other regard, without Bear Bryant's legacy, Alabama would not be the program they remain to be today. Bear built the brand, Saban has modernized it. Kinda like the difference between Henry Ford and Henry Ford's grandson.

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Really Big Bama Fan View Post
    Well, Coach Bryant often replaced his "A" team with his "B" team even when behind. Coach Saban won National Championships at LSU and Alabama, while Coach Bryant won National Titles at Alabama and Kentucky. I still give the nod to The Bear, but Coach Saban is getting there.
    Bryant did not win a National Championship at Kentucky.

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaHoHo View Post
    Bryant did not win a National Championship at Kentucky.
    There's a good argument for Kentucky winning the 1950 national championship.

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    Re: Do we put Saban ahead of Bear Bryant now?

    I submit that Saban's body of work is more impressive. Bear Bryant won in an era of huge rosters, when he could stockpile the good players so that his opponents couldn't get them. Saban has had to do it in an era of scholarship limits, allowing his opponents a better crack at signing the good players.
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