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Saturday, December 23, 2006

What if?

OK, here's a what if?

What if Alabama's relentless pursuit of Nick Saban turns up a coach? What if Saban does go to Alabama? What would that mean?

While I think Saban is an excellent coach - he certainly proved it at LSU - I don't know that Alabama hiring him would mean the Tide goes straight to the top of the SEC.

There are a couple of important things to remember here. One, Alabama's turmoil through recent years has helped create one of the Tide's problems - Auburn. Auburn is no longer a stepchild to Alabama. In fact, you could make the case that Tommy Tuberville has the better program in the state.

Two, Saban would have to split talent in the state, much like he did at Michigan State. You may remember those years at Michigan State -- 6-6, 6-5-1, 6-6, 7-5, 6-6 and finally 10-2. At Alabama, you don't make it past that second or third 6-6.

Alabama is trying to catch lightning in a bottle, something made increasingly more difficult with parity in college football.


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