Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A split national champion?

There was some talk in the lead up to Monday night's college football national championship game that if Alabama won that there could be a split national champion.

The argument went like this -- yes, Alabama would win the coaches' poll (as required by the BCS arrangement) if it beat LSU, but LSU could win the AP vote because the media would reward the Tigers for their body of work over the entire season.

Well, based on how Monday's game turned out, I do think the split national champion is a good idea. I propose the following - give one to the Alabama special teams and one to the Alabama defense.

Okay, all kidding aside, I think there is no way the Crimson Tide share the crown with anyone. And that means that Alabama has won two national titles in three years. It also means Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide coach, has won three crowns in nine years, and all of them were won with an SEC team. (He won the title in 2003 as the LSU head coach.)

I'll defer to you where that accomplishment ranks among the all-time best coaching feats in the history of college or professional sports.

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