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Nick Saban claims Bowden Coach of the Year honors

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Two of the past three years, and coinciding with a BCS championship, Alabama’s Nick Saban has been lauded with an award honoring one of the game’s greatest coaches.

Coming off a third BCS title with the Tide, Saban has added yet another piece of that particular hardware.

The Birmingham Touchdown Club Wednesday named Saban as the recipient of this year’s Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year award.  Named in honor of the former Florida State coaching great, the award has been handed out annually since 2009, with Saban claiming three of the four trophies.

In accepting the award, Saban was effusive in his praise for Bowden.

“This is a very special honor to me because it has Coach Bowden’s name on it,” Saban said in a statement. “”Everyone knows about his accomplishments as a coach on the field and we may not see that again in college football in terms of the success he had at one place for such a long period of time.

“More than anything else, receiving the Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Award means a lot to me personally because of the man that he is, the person that he is, and the number of people he positively impacted and continues to positively influence today.  He has always done it with such class and dignity in every way. As a coach, you hope maybe someday to be thought of in the way Coach Bowden is, not only in terms of what he accomplished, but the way he did it.”

In addition to Saban, the other finalists for this year’s Bowden award were Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder.  Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien had taken home the lion’s share of major coaching awards for the 2012 season.

The only other coach to claim the Bowden award was Auburn’s Gene Chizik for the 2010 season, meaning this particular honor has yet to leave the state of Alabama.

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12 Responses to “Nick Saban claims Bowden Coach of the Year honors”
  1. kozbee says: Jan 23, 2013 11:11 PM

    Congrats to Bama.

  2. linedrivehit says: Jan 23, 2013 11:14 PM

    “…meaning this particular honor has yet to leave the state of Alabama.”

    And neither has the Crystal Ball Mr. Taylor!!!

  3. queenlivekillers says: Jan 24, 2013 6:26 AM

    Gee, Brian Kelly isn’t mopping up those Coach Of The Year awards anymore…

  4. rsmeans says: Jan 24, 2013 8:00 AM

    Finally we have a deserving award. Winning a second NC in a row is much more difficult than winning the first especially when you have feelings of entitlement and great losses to the NFL. Awarding people like O’Brien of PSU is a disgrace. Synder and Sumlin did do great jobs and would be much more deserving than O’Brien who had a mediocre season at best.

  5. mrlitl says: Jan 24, 2013 8:28 AM

    O’Brien had a great season considering the circumstances. Be upset by what Sandusky did and certainly don’t condone it. But do not condemn a coach and players who had NOTHING to do with it. Despite all the noise around them they pressed on. And deserve credit for it.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jan 24, 2013 9:08 AM

    Wait a minute….Gene Chizik who ran a renegade Auburn program, won the first Bowden award. That is not so impressive. Where is he now, this “great coach”? He’s where he should be….out of the college game.

  7. blitz4848 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:22 AM

    He also should haver won the National “Greyshirt” Coach of the year award as well.

  8. kozbee says: Jan 24, 2013 11:42 AM

    Got to admit when Gene went to Auburn he was met with a fairly good Auburn team left by Tubs.Gene better be glad Newton came along or they would of imo been about a 9 win season that year.Did Gene deserve to win any trophy,no but the team did that went with a winning season.Most that have answered my articles before i retired from writing told me Gene would fall after the 2012 season and they were right.Auburn being a renegade program Gamecocker you could only wish SC could even win a SEC Championship with an alcoholic QB and coach that just could never win the big ones.By the way alotta filth back in history says the same things about SC as Auburn has been called.And please don`t ask me to do anymore searching for you.But i can say Auburn is much better with Chizik gone.JMO.

  9. WingT says: Jan 24, 2013 11:50 AM

    LOL @ blitz

  10. thegamecocker says: Jan 24, 2013 12:39 PM


    Guess you couldn’t deliver the goods on ole Cam. I guess that makes you a liar. No I don’t wish we would win a SEC Championship the way Auburn did. I’d rather win it with honor and humility and not with others looking at a program that cheated. The NCAA changed the rules as soon as the season was over. If a parent ever peddled his or her child to a school, that child is BANNED. Known as the Cam rule. One last comment: you’re a disgusting PIG in addition to a LIAR.

  11. lasseter1113 says: Jan 24, 2013 6:18 PM

    I still don’t understand what is wrong with asking a kid who is injured to wait until the next recruiting class to become a member of the team? Has Saban EVER not given a kid a scholarship after asking him to grey shirt? Does this practice go against any of the NCAA bylaws? Let me answer those for ya NO, NO, and NO again. So what is the problem? I think it’s just people needing something to bitch about because they have so much hatred for him for beating their team at one time or another. I can honestly say I don’t care one bit if the coach of your favorite team ask a kid in his recruiting class to grey shirt as long as he still gives them their scholarship the next year as promised. So until Saban doesn’t make good on one of these promises or it becomes an NCAA violation please STHU about it.

    Congratulations Coach Saban! You truly are one of the best coaches in college football…

  12. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 26, 2013 6:19 PM

    Seriously, posters, and all…which coach possibly deserved this award more? To me it is Saban, hands down. I thought this one was a no-brainer.

    I hope by next season we have an OC, a great OC, (not the OL coach!) and can make a difference.

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