When you watch University of Alabama football games online this season, you will be viewing one of the most successful programs in the South, if not the entire nation. Alabama has notched 12 national championships providing the Crimson Tide with a boast full legacy that places its program on par with any of college football’s elite, if not at the pinnacle.
There is a long, prideful tradition of football excellence displayed at the University of Alabama. It also boasts as having one of the greatest football coaches of all time in the person of one Paul “Bear” Bryant. He led the Tide for 25 years and remains one of the most popular names in not only university, but state history. Once Bryant retired, the football program took a bit of a nose dive. It reclaimed its prominence winning the 1992 national title under Coach Gene Stallings. Unfortunately, the program suffered some more hard times experienced a series of less than spectacular teams that seem to attract a great deal of off-field trouble.
The key to turning the program around was the hiring of a new coach, Nick Saban. He already achieved great success guiding the SEC rival program that Louisiana State University. You would think that his arrival in 2007 was the second coming. In his first season at Alabama, save and manage to guide the Tide to a 7-6 record that included an Independence Bowl victory against Colorado. The following year, save and manage to: what most college football experts thought to be the best recruiting class in the country.
The nickname “Crimson Tide” was credited to being first used by Hugh Roberts, sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald. He described the Alabama team as a Crimson Tide holding the heavily favored Auburn team to a 6-6 tie in a 1907 contest.