Bobby Bowden wants to wait a little longer before calling Nick Saban better than Bear Bryant.
The former Florida State coach joined the Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Wednesday. During his stop, he weighed in on the comparisons between the current Alabama coach and Bryant, the legendary former Crimson Tide leader who won six national championships with Alabama. Saban will try to win his sixth national title and fifth with Alabama next Monday when facing Clemson in Tampa.
“He was always my idol, Bear Bryant,” Bowden said on the show. “And now here comes Saban. Saban’s got a lot of guts. Anybody who wants to come in there behind Bear Bryant — he’s got to be out of his head. But he’s not. So now, I get asked this question, ‘Who’s the best?’ My answer to that is, ‘Bear can’t even prove anything. He’s already established.’ Now Saban, it ain’t through yet with him. We’ve got to wait and see how he finishes it, and then let’s compare them.”
The Saban-Bryant debate is interesting, and you can bet it will heat up if Alabama wins next week.
With another Crimson Tide national title, it would be easy to argue that what Saban has done in the modern era is more impressive. There are many challenges in the current landscape that Bryant didn’t have to deal with. (Scholarship limits, greater parity among power programs, etc.)
Bowden’s voice holds weight, given that he won two national titles with Florida State during his notable career. It will be fascinating to see how the Saban-Bryant discussion evolves in the coming years.
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