Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Here's How Much Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Makes

Here's How Much Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Makes

Alabama defeated Georgia Monday night to win the College Football National Championship. Both teams brought their A-game, and there could only be one team crowned as the National Champs. But I think the change will eventually come, and college football will be better off for it. Who seemed to forget how they got the lead and how they dominated the early going. The Bulldogs beat Oklahoma in a wild Rose Bowl in double overtime to get here, and after Jonathan Ledbetter and Davin Bellamy sacked Tagovailoa for a big loss on the first play, Alabama was in trouble - second-and-26. For all of Alabama's success, the Tide have struggled to field a quality kicker in recent years. Tua Tagovailoa made an incredible impact at last night's game, apparently in spite of the... language gap? He hadn't played in any game since November 18, or faced any FBS opponent since October 21. Overtime started out with Georgia getting on the board first with a field goal before a handsome pass from Tua Tagovailoa ended things with one final touchdown.

It's the stunning finish you'd want in every national championship game. The strides made for Georgia during Kirby Smart's second season were certainly impressive, and the Bulldogs should be poised to make some noise again next season.

Inside the locker room, minutes after the trajectory of his football career was altered and his future as Alabama's starting quarterback was thrust into uncertainty, Jalen Hurts received some kind words from the coach who pulled him. Completions that looked easy and seamless in the first half, were dropped and swatted down in the second. We've got two fine young men who really respect each other and have worked hard to help each other all year long.

The team boarded five buses and was escorted back to campus after a season of adversity, shocking injuries, and a loss in the Iron Bowl.

Yesterday we gave our predictions on the big game, and while, we were pretty spot on. He's a really talented freshman, reminds you of Jake (Fromm) with a lot of things he did. However, the real star of the show was Alabama's defense, which virtually shut down the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half. They led 13-0 at the half when Nick Saban did what few coaches would have done. So I guess in some ways Lane Kiffin is responsible for Alabama's latest national title. Monday night's game drew a 16.7 overnight TV rating, a nine percent jump over last year's national championship game between Clemson and Alabama.

Alabama Punter J.K. Scott revealed just how passionate he was by reflecting on how much Jesus has done for him.

Passas told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Tagovailoa began attending the football camp at Saint Louis when he was just 9 years old and immediately started throwing with the senior players, including Mariota. It wouldn't be a college football season if at some point you didn't see that lovely, bright, white bulldog in his red Georgia jersey sitting on the sideline with tongue wagging, or stretched out on a bag of ice during one of those hot September games.

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