When Alabama head coach Nick Saban won his fourth title in seven years and fifth overall, the discussion began as to whether Saban was the greatest college football coach of all time.
Though many would argue that Bear Bryant is the greatest of all time, at least one columnist thinks that former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is the best.
Mike Bianchi, a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, penned a piece that argued that because Bowden built a program up from scratch, he should be considered the best. You can read an excerpt from his piece below.
“The reason is simple: Alabama football thrived before the Bear ever arrived. The Crimson Tide won national titles and appeared in Rose Bowls under coaches like Wallace Wade and Frank Thomas. Before Paterno arrived at Penn State, legendary former coach Rip Engle had a 104-48 record and never had a losing season.
“But before Bobby, Florida State football was an embarrassing quagmire of Cigar Bowl bids, chicken wire scandals and losing seasons. There was even talk of shutting down football.”
After reading his argument, it’s hard to say he doesn’t have a point. But though he built to program from the ground up, to say that he’s better than a Bryant or a Saban just isn’t true.
You can build a program and recruit great talent, but if you don’t win enough championships, you can’t really be considered the best.
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