Hated by just about every college football fan outside of the state of Alabama, Nick Saban has built one of the most successful football programs in the modern era during his first decade in Tuscaloosa.
In just about every measurable one can throw out, Saban and the Crimson Tide are at or very close to the top since his arrival in 2007. We’ll visit some of those measurable shortly.
With his signing of another contract extension, which was approved Tuesday morning, Saban is locked in to the head job at the Capstone until the year 2024. That’s eight more seasons.
We’re going to look at some of the possible considerations that go into naming someone the greatest coach of all time, where Nick Saban stacks up currently, and where he will potentially be by 2024, assuming he finishes out his contract.
- Saban current – 210 (205 with vacated wins from “textbook scandal” sanctions)
- Leader: Joe Paterno – 409
Saban will never catch the all-time wins record. It may never be broken. Joe Paterno coached for so long at Penn State and is nearly 200 wins ahead of Saban, who is the active wins leader. But prorated through 2024, at an average of 12 wins per season, Saban would sit at 306 victories. That would be good for fifth most in the modern era.
All-time Bowl Wins
- Saban current – 11
- Leader: Joe Paterno – 24
Another seemingly unbreakable record by JoePa. Saban has won eight bowls in his ten seasons at Alabama, with the other three coming in his stint at LSU. Prorated to the end of his contract, he’d have 6 more bowl victories, placing him at No. 3 on the all-time list, eeking past Bear Bryant’s 15.
- Saban current – 5
- Leader: Bear Bryant – 6
This record is very much in reach at least be tied. Heck, the Tide were one epic game from Deshaun Watson away from tying the record 4 months ago. In ten years at Alabama, Saban has four national championships and five national title game appearances. He and the Tide are the only program to make the College Football Playoff all three seasons since its inception.
Prorating national titles doesn’t make a whole bunch of sense, but with eight more years worth of chances, it’d be hard to argue Saban won’t at least tie the record. Since winning his first national championship at LSU, he’s never gone more than three collegiate seasons between winning it all. Also consider that it took Bryant nearly 40 years to get to six. Saban is at five in just 21 years.