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Saban statue pics surface; spring game unveiling in the offing?

Nick Saban Statue

Word first surfaced in late January of 2010 that, like the other four Alabama coaches who won a national championship, a statue dedicated to Nick Saban was in the works.

One year and one month later, it appears that the unveiling of the bronze ode to the 2009 title-winning coach is close to coming to fruition.

According to, it’s expected/hoped that the statue (photo on the right by way of will be ready in time for an unveiling at the annual A-Day spring game April 17.  That said, there’s still no official word on when the statue will be dedicated along the school’s Walk of Champions.

“The process is ongoing,” Lane said by e-mail. “I don’t have a timeline or confirmed date for the unveiling. I don’t know when the statue will be completed and transported to Tuscaloosa.”

The unveiling of the statue has already been “delayed” twice.  It was tentatively scheduled to be added alongside statues dedicated to Bear BryantWallace Wade, Frank Thomas and Gene Stallings last A-Day, but that timeline proved to be overly optimistic, as did a tentative August date.

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11 Responses to “Saban statue pics surface; spring game unveiling in the offing?”
  1. aetherthe says: Mar 1, 2011 12:25 PM

    Is it me, or does that picture look like the lovechild of Charlie Sheen and the GEICO caveman?

  2. dryzzt23 says: Mar 1, 2011 12:47 PM

    How soon until some Auburn fan sticks something up the backside of this statue?

  3. edgy says: Mar 1, 2011 1:44 PM

    Will it be life-sized? :)

  4. jaggedmark says: Mar 1, 2011 2:25 PM

    That’s a statue of Darrell Waltrip.

  5. bamasucks says: Mar 1, 2011 4:18 PM

    they could’ve saved a lot of cash by just springing for a garden gnome. i doubt that anyone would’ve known the difference.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Mar 1, 2011 6:05 PM

    What? Colt getting hurt in the 09 championship game gets you a statue?

  7. Deb says: Mar 1, 2011 6:38 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    Still whining? Poooor baby. Next time, tell Daddy McCoy to let Cart play the whole game. Then the Alabama defense could wipe the floor with him the way the Steelers defense did.

    Honey, there was more than plenty of footage showing that despite such a devastating hit :roll:, little Colt managed to hold onto the ball. And he had full use of his arm on the field, on the sideline, and while he was wandering around on camera off the field, combing his hand through his lovely golden locks. Daddy McCoy told the CBS announcers that he was “Jus’ fiiine, but we’re goin’ to hold him out to protect him for the draft.” And that’s what they did.

    Don’t even start with the nerve crap. I’ve had 28 surgeries and have permanent nerve damage in my hand and arm, but I’m still functioning. I know all about nerve damage and stingers. Loved the film footage of Colt lifting weights before the Combine, then ooops! “I can’t throw!” Told someone then his arm would Hallelujah Be Healed! just in time for his pro day. And it was.

    Nick gets a statue for coaching Alabama’s first Heisman winner and a defense almost good enough to have played in the NFL. I’ll give Colt credit for standing up to an NFL pass rush after getting out from under Daddy’s thumb. But don’t blame Alabama because he and Daddy left their cojones back in Texas on Championship night.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Mar 1, 2011 7:14 PM

    Good grief Deb. Don’t get your panties in a wad!

  9. Deb says: Mar 1, 2011 8:01 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    My panties are fine, thank you. Just giving respect to that 09 team. They earned it.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Mar 1, 2011 8:07 PM

    Ok, they did pretty good and still managed a W with Texas playing a freshman QB. You’ve got to admit that they game would have gone a lot different had McCoy played the game and if the OC had any confidence to actually call a play and help the sacrificial lamb replacement.

    So, give Saban his statue.

  11. Deb says: Mar 1, 2011 10:22 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    Uh … yeah, baby. I think Alabama would have won by a bigger score differential. Saban held back on the game plan to take it easy on Gilbert. And when your star QB hightails it off the field because his people don’t think he can handle your defense, that is a victory in itself.

    You can try to negate the significance of that championship all you want. My teams have won 13 NCAA championships and six Super Bowls so I’m used to the sound of post-game whiners. But the second-best team in football that year was the Florida Gators and we demolished them in the SEC Championship. So our dominance in 09 was well-established. And the Florida QB had the brass to stay on the field despite the beating he took.

    Thanks, darlin’, but Saban earned his statue the same way his team earned their props. We don’t have to “give” him anything.

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