The Auburn Tigers and Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide have had one of the biggest rivalries in college football for a long, long time.
Recently, Saban and the Crimson Tide have gotten the better of Auburn, and just about everyone else in the SEC for that matter, minus a few select recent cases where Georgia took the crown.
Since Saban took over The Alabama football program in 2007, he’s become arguably the greatest college football coach of all time. He’s won 11 of the 6 “Iron Bowl” matchups, which is the nickname for the annual game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers.
On Wednesday night, the Alabama head coach stunned the college football world announcing his retirement.
Saban, 72, led Alabama to three national titles in the BCS era and three in the College Football Playoff era. He led the Crimson Tide back to the playoff this year, though they fell to Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
Nick Saban got his college coaching start at Toledo, where he spent one season in 1990. He then spent five seasons at Michigan State and another five at LSU, winning his first national championship in 2003. He briefly jumped to the NFL and led the Miami Dolphins for two seasons before he landed at Alabama ahead of the 2007 season.
In total, Saban compiled a career college record of 292-71-1. Assuming he doesn’t unretire, he’ll finish at No. 5 on the all-time wins list, 112 wins behind all-time leader Joe Paterno. While the Auburn Tigers seem to be ascending with new head coach Hugh Freeze, they are likely breathing a sigh of relief Saban is stepping away.
Simply put, Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches of all time, in any sport, and The University of Alabama is fortunate to have had him leading our football program for the past 17 seasons,” Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said. “Throughout his career as a head coach, his teams have won seven national championships, 11 conference championships and 312 games, and he’s developed an NCAA-record 49 NFL first-round draft picks and, most importantly, hundreds of college graduates. He is the consummate coach, mentor and leader, and his impact is felt far beyond the football field.”
— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) January 10, 2024
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