MIAMI, Fla (WBRC) - Nick Saban won his seventh national championship Monday night after Alabama dominated Ohio State 52-24 in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Miami.
Saban, who has now won six titles with Alabama and one at LSU, surpasses Paul Bear Bryant for the most national titles in college football. Bryant won six titles at Alabama from 1961-79.
So is Saban the greatest college football coach of all time? Quarterback Mac Jones believes so.
“C’mon, man. Of course he is (laughter). How could he not be? He does it the right way. He recruits well, but more importantly develops great players and young men. I’m just so blessed that he gave me a chance to come here along with all my teammates. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He’s the greatest to ever do it. He’ll be the greatest for a long time,” he said.
As far as acknowledging this huge accomplishment, Saban remained humble Monday night and thanked Coach Bryant for laying the foundation for his success.
“Well, I don’t think anybody really compares to Coach Bryant. In the era that he coached, the era that he won, he won a lot of different ways. He won throwing it. He won running a wishbone. He won it running conventional offensive formations. His legacy lasted over a long, long period of time. We all have to adjust with the times. Obviously things are a little different now. The challenges are a little bit different with the spread offense, the things that make it more difficult I think to play good defense in this day and age. I think Coach Bryant is sort of in a class of his own in terms of what he was able to accomplish, what his record is, the longevity that he had and the tradition he established. If it wasn’t for Coach Bryant, we would never be able to do what we did. I mean, he’s the one that made Alabama and the tradition at Alabama a place where lots of players wanted to come. We’ve been able to build on that with great support. His family has always supported us in a tremendous way that has helped us have the success that we have. But that tradition that he established, that’s a big part of that,” Saban said.