Nick Saban

Nick Saban has built an empire during his tenure with the Alabama Crimson Tide that will be remembered for a long time after he’s done.

Since taking over in 2007 (after Mike Shula’s last year) he’s won four national championship and appeared in five of them, posting a record of 128-19, including an 8-4 record in the postseason. Since his first season, which saw the Crimson Tide lose six games, Saban has lost just 13 games in nine-plus seasons.

That’s all remarkable.

Now here’s something that caught this scribe by surprise, and it goes to show just how influential this man really has been in college football.

Saban was the coach at LSU in 2003. The Tigers crushed Alabama 27-3 that year and then won by 16 points in 2004, which was Saban’s final year at Baton Rouge before his quick venture into the NFL.

Following the 2006 season, he came back to the college ranks and has built Alabama into a powerhouse that has no peer.

At 9-0 so far this year after bludgeoning LSU into submission in Week 10, the Crimson Tide appear destined to challenge for yet another national championship. Next up on their list of opponents is Mississippi State, which barely escaped Saturday’s action with a win at home to UMass.