Saban gets a statue? Is his birthday a holiday now, too?

OK, you can understand Alabama having a statue for "Bear" Bryant . . .

A "Bear" Bryant statue at Alabama is understandable ...

All hail, Nick Saban.

After only three seasons, Alabama is building a statue for its football coach. Can’t imagine what he gets if the Crimson Tide wins another championship. Does the school attempt a hostile takeover of neighboring states and give him parts of Mississippi and south Georgia? Maybe some coastline, between Pensacola and Panama City? Or was that already included in his original contract?

Alabama, coming off its BCS title in Saban’s third season, confirmed that a bronze statue of the coach already is in the works. It is expected to be completed by April 17, the day of the annual “A Day” spring game, when all banks and Walmarts will be closed.

Plans are for Saban to be carried into the stadium that day by servants, with

... But a statue for Nick Saban already?

... But isn't it a little early for a statue of Nick Saban?

trumpets blaring and angels singing. OK. Might’ve made that part up.

Three years and you get a statue? Most jobs, you don’t even get vested for 10.

“We are sculpting clay right now and we have pretty good direction on what they want for the look of it,” project manager Corey Beltz said. “Coach Saban’s love of student-athletes, his love of being a teacher, that is what we have been asked to emphasize. He won’t be in a suit and tie — that’s not his style. It will reflect more of his role as an encourager, a director, that’s the general direction. They’re sculpting the face right now.”

The eyes. There’s something about those haunting eyes . . .

The 12-foot statue will stand outside of Bryant-Denny Stadium, along with those of four other coaches who won championships: Paul “Bear” Bryant, Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas and Gene Stallings.

Alabama moves quickly to celebrate its football coaches. I don’t believe alumnus Harper Lee has a statue outside the stadium. But all she did was win a Pulitzer Prize for writing, “To Kill A Mockingbird” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bernard Madoff attended Alabama for a while. He never got a statue, either.

It took 31 years (28 years as a head coach) before Bobby Bowden received a statue at Florida State.

Urban Meyer is still waiting. Maybe Florida just wants to see if he coaches the spring game first.

Georgia erected a statue for Vince Dooley in 2008 — 28 years after the Bulldogs’ national championship.

I think Bobby Ross is still waiting for his at Georgia Tech.

Come to think of it, so is Bobby Dodd.

Silly other schools. They must have other priorities.

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394 comments Add your comment

aladamnbama

January 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Lucky Pigeons

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 29th, 2010
12:21 pm

Maybe they should make it an ice statue, then if he gets fired someday, they can take a blow torch to it.

Adam

January 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

Oh to be a pigeon in Tuscaloosa…I know where I would crap…

Herschel Talker

January 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

FIRE BOOBY COX!

PMC

January 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

everyone who wins a title at bammer gets a statue. No big deal. It would be pretty funny if they put a smile on it though.

Adam

January 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

Dang, third. Or is that pigeon tird?

Herschel Talker

January 29th, 2010
12:25 pm

Schultzie – you the man!

Herschel Talker

January 29th, 2010
12:25 pm

Schultzie – you still the man!

bruce mac

January 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

You gotta love the Crimson Tide, the number one thing in the state is Football at UA and they make no excuses or apologies for it. That ladies and gentlemen is why they are and will always be the best in the South. Do you think that brings great players and great coaches there, you bet it does. Maybe the priorities are not what some others prefer but they have a plan and they execute the plan and all the rest can go to heck.

Bobbi Dud

January 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

What is there to do in Alabama other than pulpwooding!

Dawg Trainer

January 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

This is a good thing. The Dawg Trainer can go to Tuscaloser and add the requisite devil horns to that statue at his earliest convenience!

Mr. Thomas Anrthony "The Taxman Cometh" Jones, SR (waf-SS, Lt. Colonel, Breman Germany/ret.)

January 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

Yes it was already in his contract, Mr. Jeff Schultz. Are you jealous, Mr. Jeff Schultz?

NoleRick

January 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

Guess they have lowered expectations in Tuscaloosa.

Bob Didier caught here

January 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

Wasn’t Harper Lee a backup fullback who later made his fortune opening a string of Wal-Marts across Alabama?

Tech Rules

January 29th, 2010
12:36 pm

You’re right, it’s time to recognize Ross. After all, John Heisman has his statue, Dodd has the stadium, and Alexander has the Coliseum.

ATL bama Fan

January 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

This is a tradition at The University. Every coach that wins a NC at Bama gets a statue. I know it’s hard for Jaw-Juh fans to understand what it’s like to have a tradition of winning NC’s, so they just hate on those who can do it more than once every 100+ years. Y’all just get back to doing what you are good at; barking like bitches. And, Bama will get on with what we are good at; winning championships and being hated for it.

jack

January 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

Dawg Fud

January 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

i agree with bruce mac. like the article shultz.

One thing for sure

January 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

On the bright side for Georgia schools, there’s not any danger of erecting statues after winning a national championship anytime soon.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 29th, 2010
12:40 pm

JS- the next step is the Saban Sphinx

johnny

January 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

kiss the ring………ya’ll

Big Al

January 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

Hey you win a national championship in three years and we will build you one.

Ronnie

January 29th, 2010
12:44 pm

They looooove statues in Alabama. They even have statues OF Alabama IN Alabama.

See also: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/19398

Al

January 29th, 2010
12:49 pm

Bama= Winners on the gridiron, losers in life. Pretty pathetic.

PMC

January 29th, 2010
12:49 pm

I do wonder if Walmart can use the power of eminent domain to take the statue and put it in the entrance sort of as a greeter… after all it will garner more tax money.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

January 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

The Saban Sphinx will be built by the peasants & servants of Alabama and shall face the direction of the next school he will leave UA for. Which leads to me to another question…what will do to the statue when he leaves (my guess is 3-5 years)?

Paul H

January 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

Oh Bama fans… what would we do without you…

wxwax

January 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

Bet he won’t be smiling.

Or if he is, it won’t be Saban they modeled it after.

The fool couldn’t even bring himself to smile after winning the national championship.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 29th, 2010
12:53 pm

Somebody mentioned pulpwooding does anybody know what happened to Pulpwood Smith ? he was a BEAST.

GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

January 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Are they going to airlift the statue to Ann Arbor Michigan this time next year??

Stump

January 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

Richt gets black outs and Bibles. Saban gets rings and a statue.

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Publius

January 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

Yes, it is a tradition at Alabama. Would it be better if we draped it in toilet paper, the great tradition of the school down the road. Possibly we can put a black jersey on Coach Saban…oh yeah, it’s only for winning traditions.

You jealous, whiny tiddie babies should worry about your own house.

SWAT Native

January 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

I thought this was absurd until I read that they had statues of the other coaches that won national championships (I thought maybe it was only Bear Bryant). Now, it kinda makes sense.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
12:56 pm

Hillbilly — Ice Statue. I like that idea.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Adam — Hah! That pigeon thing is funny.

FL Gator

January 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

You might be winning SEC championships but how would UGA know.

Joe Hall

January 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Well did anyone hear about the Alabama Football Player that was a senior and did not even know what his degree was. Maybe if you went to class even once a week you would know that.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Herschel — Thanks (twice).

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Bruce Mac — You’re certainly right about that — they don’t hide what they think is really important.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Bob–Different Harper Lee. Pretty sure.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Thanks Dawg Fud.

Art Fern

January 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Jeff, maybe Saban will give you a job polishing his statue once the AJC goes belly-up. Articles like this one are one reason your company is circling the toilet bowl.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Dr. Kenneth — Do sphinxes (sphinx? sphinxi) have to come in pairs?

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

Big Al — Let me think about all of my job options first, then I’ll get back to ya. Would Saban step aside for me?

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

Thirty Points … Hilarious.

Jeff Schultz

January 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Art Fern — Are there benefits?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Jeff does the AJC have any monuments to you in the works ?

Paul in RDU

January 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Jeff – Definitely one of your more humorous ones. You and the Count have obviously recovered from your dental work.

You are correct about priorities. Alabama’s high schools’ academic ratings may be close to the bottom of the 50 states but dang, they sure do play football

meh

January 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

why would they put a Harper Lee statue by the stadium? Wouldn’t it make more since by the library?