March 01, 2011
At long last, sculptors have rendered the face and hair of Alabama coach Nick Saban to the university's and Mrs. Saban's satisfaction, and delivered a finished product to Tuscaloosa to commemorate the Crimson Tide's 2009 BCS championship. The Saban statue will be erected alongside the graven images of 'Bama's four other national championship coaches – Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings – outside Bryant-Denny Stadium, and could be premiered before the spring game on "A-Day," April 16, a full year after the original timetable for unveiling.
But no need to wait: Rivals affiliate TideSports.com already has an exclusive preview gallery with nine photos of the idol, which appears to have been modeled from a picture of Saban in the split-second before he was drenched by the traditional Gatorade bath as the clock wound down on the Tide's championship win over Texas last year:
It may have taken him a few tries, but I think the sculptor really captured the inner rage in the end. Other possible models include:
Though the school is shooting for April 16, there is no official date for the unveiling.
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