Nick Saban vs. College Football
Nick Saban vs. College Football

Nick Saban vs. College Football

The Case for College Football's Greatest Coach
By Christopher Walsh


288 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781600789120

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2014)


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When coach Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, he boldly proclaimed "We want to be a champion in everything that we do." Since that time, Alabama has won three national championships and become the nation's number one destination for recruits and the top source of NFL talent while simultaneously graduating its players. No other program has won more games, captured more awards, or come close to approaching the kind of consistent success as the Crimson Tide. In Nick Saban vs. College Football, author Christopher Walsh not only explains what separates Saban from his peers and compares his accomplishments to some of the all-time legends, but tells why, if there were a Mount Rushmore of college football coaches, Saban's face would already be on it. From his upbringing in West Virginia to his relationship with legendary coach Bill Belichick, "the process" has not only led to Saban having a statue along Alabama's "Walk of Champions" in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the establishment of a new standard that may be unparalleled in college football history.

Author Biography

Christopher Walsh is an award-winning sportswriter. His honors include the First Amendment Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, the Herby Kirby Memorial Award from the Alabama Sports Writers Association, and Enterprise Story of the Year from the Football Writers Association of America. He is the author of 100 Things Crimson Tide Fans Need to Know & Do Before They Die and Crimson Storm Surge: Alabama Football Then and Now. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


Christopher Walsh discussed Nick Saban vs. College Football  on July 30, 2014 on “Alabama Tonight” on WVTM

Christopher Walsh discussed Nick Saban vs. College Football in his interview on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on ESPN Radio on July 28, 2014.

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Nick Saban vs. College Football: The Case for College Football’s Greatest Coach

By Christopher Walsh - Foreword by Tony Barnhart


Contact: Olivia Aguilar - Triumph Books - 312.676.4238 - 


After the passing of legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in 1983, fans waited for a new leader to restore the Crimson Tide to its rightful place as one of the greatest college football teams in the nation. They found that leader in Nick Saban, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, LSU, Michigan State University and the University of Toledo. Since becoming ’Bama’s head coach in 2007, Saban has re-built the team from the ground up and has led the team to three national championships over four years, something unheard of in today’s game. Saban’s arrival in Tuscaloosa marked the beginning of a new era… and a new football dynasty.


In Nick Saban vs. College Football: The Case for College Football’s Greatest Coach (Triumph Books, September 2014), Alabama football sportswriter Christopher Walsh imagines his own college football version of Mt. Rushmore and argues that Nick Saban has already earned a spot among the greats. He backs up his argument with thorough research and statistics comparing Saban to legendary coaches from the past and present, expertly giving those coaches the credit they deserve while also proving Saban’s excellence. Highlights include:


  • Saban’s relationship with other coaches and mentors, including his mentor and close friend Bill Belichick.
  • Details about Saban’s championship teams and comparisons to other sports dynasties from the past, including Notre Dame in the 1940s and Minnesota in the 1930s.
  • A breakdown of reasons why Nick Saban is such a good coach, including his family background, his mentors, his attention to detail, etc.
  • The two points Saban stressed when he first arrived in Alabama in 2007.


For the first time, Nick Saban is celebrated for his superb leadership skills and his unstoppable pursuit of perfection. A detailed evaluation of Nick Saban’s outstanding career thus far, Nick Saban vs. College Football is a must-read for longtime Alabama fans as well as college football buffs across the country.


About the Author:

Christopher Walsh has been an award-winning sportswriter since 1990 and currently contributes to Saturday Down South, a website dedicated to SEC football. He’s a five-time award winner from the Football Writers Association of America and now resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his wife Megan.