Alabama knocks out Colt McCoy, then Texas Longhorns, to win title
PASADENA, Calif. — Outside the north end zone at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., four statues stand sentinel. Next to bronze replicas of Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Gene Stallings is a concrete ring, empty save for a fuse box. After Thursday night, we know who will occupy that fifth ring.
Nick Saban, who came to Tuscaloosa in 2007 from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins to return Alabama’s football program to the mountaintop, accomplished his mission in his third season.