Greg McElroy has a fascinating take on when be believes Alabama’s dynasty started.
As part of a piece by SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey that revisits Alabama’s loss to ULM in 2007, the former Crimson Tide quarterback pin-pointed the moment when he saw Alabama turn a corner during the program’s first year under Nick Saban. McElroy said it happened late in that year, during practices before an Independence Bowl victory over Colorado.
“I wouldn’t point so much as to ULM as the turning point, but Shreveport,” McElroy told Godfrey.
“We went to Shreveport, which meant we’d been invited to the Independence Bowl for the second consecutive year. It would’ve been really easy for a lot of guys to say, ‘Hey, we’ve already been here. We’re finishing the regular season on a four-game losing streak. What a bummer season.’ … It was very obvious guys were fully invested. From that point on, we won that bowl game, we won 12 games in row the following year. … People always ask when this dynasty got started. It wasn’t 2009. It was 2007 in bowl prep in Shreveport.”
McElroy has a point. Sure, Alabama’s first national title under Saban didn’t happen until 2009. But an expectation of success began late in 2007, when the Crimson Tide won the Independence Bowl and went on to claim 12 victories in 2008.
The rest, they say, is history.