Records Saban Still Hasn’t Broken But Could
By: Larry Burton
Yes, Nick Saban is the King of college football right now and many can make the argument that he could be the best of all time. It’s good to be the King, but there are some records out there that Saban still hasn’t achieved.
Presently he is tied with Paul Bear Bryant for most national championships at six each. Most would argue that with the years left on Saban’s contract and the talent he brings in each year that this record is one record Saban will break. The only person who is close to Saban is Urban Meyer with three titles and at just age 53, he too has a shot a breaking Bryant’s record, but it’s unlikely he can top Saban’s eventual total.
With three titles and at just 53, can Meyer catch Saban?
However, with just seven SEC Championships, Saban may be hard pressed to break Bryant’s record of 14 may be a much harder record to break. Saban also had a MAC Conference championship but Bryant also had another major conference championship in the SouthWest Conference. Perhaps because of Bryant’s big lead in championships, he also leads Saban with 12 SEC Coach of the Year titles, Saban has just 4. That may be an unbeatable record.
Bryant’s 14 SEC titles is a high hurdle
As for national awards, Bryant won three National Coach of the Year awards and Saban has won for three years also. As for how Saban and Bryant’s three titles stack up to others, there are so many different committees that offer that title that it’s hard to see where they stack up there.
What is easy to see however, is overall winning percentage. This is a record that Saban would be very hard pressed to ever break even with many undefeated season in the future. Presently Saban has a .778 overall winning percentage. There are 59 coaches ahead of him right now with a higher overall winning percentage. If you ignore Larry Keres, who coached at Mount Union, not exactly a major school, then the leaders are Knute Rockne with an .881 winning percentage and Frank Leahy with an .864 average. Both of which coached at Notre Dame, but Leahy also coached at Boston College for one year.
Rockne’s record is going to be a hard one for anyone to break.
While awards for best recruiting class is a fairly recent phenomenon, Nick Saban does own the record for most top classes and it’s one that’s unlikely to be broken as other schools have trouble staying near this consistent to number one.
The one record Saban can never break, the one record that may be the record for all time, is longevity at one school. Joe Paterno spent 61 years coaching at Penn State. For Saban to break that record, he’d have to coach well past 100 years of age.
Larry has been published in almost every media outlet for college sports and now primarily writes here for Touchdown Alabama. Follow Larry on Twitter for inside thoughts and game time comments at https://twitter.com/LBSportswriter
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