In the wake of Alabama's victory over the Texas Longhorns in the BCS National Championship Game last January, the comparisons between Paul W. Bryant and Nick Saban have been pretty much constant. While there are certainly similarities between the two men's approach to the profession, it seems ambitious at this point to simply assume the degree of success achieved by the former will follow from the tenure of the latter.
But what is certain is that Nick Saban has returned the Crimson Tide football program to the stature that we Alabama fans have come to perceive as our birthright almost entirely due to Bryant's success. And that's a vastly significant achievement when viewed in the light of the last quarter century.
So it makes sense that as we prepare for the 2010 season we take a moment to look back over exactly how far Alabama football has come since 1982. This week, the Tuscaloosa News has run a superb series examining each of the Tide's seven coaches in that span that is worth giving a gander. In addition, we at Roll Bama Roll have produced a few historical pieces on this subject matter as well. The links for these are after the jump. Take a little time this Sunday and give them a look.
From Bryant to Saban l The Tuscaloosa News
Ray Perkins l 1983 - 1986
Making Bennett a linebacker a smart decision by Perkins
Bill Curry l 1987 - 1989
Curry's lack of 'Alabama ties' led to short stint
Curry calls Thomas 'the best football player I ever coached'
Gene Stallings l 1990 - 1996
Stallings got UA back to prominence, for a little while
Stallings didn’t want Barker to be just a QB, he wanted a leader
Mike Dubose l 1997 - 2000
Looking back, DuBose knows what he would have done
DuBose: Alexander a 'smooth' athlete
Dennis Franchione l 2001 - 2002
Franchione, staff came with businesslike approach
Williams followed Franchione to UA
Mike Price l 2003
Price's short tenure left players looking for answers
Mike Shula l 2003 - 2006
Shula takes the Tide’s reins during ‘the bottom of the low point’
Prothro one of those players ‘with magic’
The Dennis Franchione Saga l Roll Bama Roll
Part Two: A Powerhouse Implodes
The Reading Room l Roll Bama Roll
Bama After Bear by Donald Staffo
Stallings to Saban by Donald Staffo
Crimson Slide by Mike Flax
The Future By Way of the Past l Tider Insider
Part I: How Did We Get to This Point?
Part III: A Storm and An Unworthy Ship
Part IV: Deck Chairs on the Titanic