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Alabama’s Nick Saban named top-ranked SEC coach via ESPN

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Alabama coach Nick Saban shakes LSU coach Les Miles' hand after game: John David Mercer- USA TODAY Sports

It was a game changer for Alabama and the Southeastern Conference when Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2007. The 64-year-old rarely stays in an area longer than five years, but Alabama has become home to him. Saban will enter his 10th season as head coach in the fall, and ESPN’s College Football named him the SEC’s No. 1 coach over the last decade.

He’s accumulated seven top-ranked recruiting classes, with all of them winning a national championship. Since 2007, Saban has guided the Crimson Tide to 10 bowl appearances, four SEC championships and four national championships. He’s produced two Heisman Trophy winners (five finalists), 35 first-team All-SEC honors and numerous prospects for the National Football League.

His focus on details and technique strike fear in the hearts of opponents, while continuing to improve his own record. Saban has compiled a 100-18 mark (84.7 win percentage) in 10 years.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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