Saban Headlines Hall Of Fame Event

Nick Saban

This isn't a huge year for Alabama athletics representation into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in terms of numbers. There are only two with Crimson Tide history among the eight being inducted.



But as is often the case, Alabama will make the biggest stir in the annual induction ceremony, which takes place Saturday night at the Sheraton Downtown in Birmingham. That's because the featured inductee is Alabama Coach Nick Saban.

Also being inducted at the banquet will be former Crimson Tide player, assistant coach, and defensive coordinator Bill "Brother" Oliver.

One other of interest to Alabama fans being inducted is the late Bill Jones, longtime basketball coach and director of athletics at the University of North Alabama. His son, Rex, was an Alabama basketball player and his grandsons are Barrett (recently completing his Bama football career with three national championship rings); Harrison, upcoming sophomore tight end/H-back for the Tide; and Walker, incoming Alabama linebacker.

Surprisingly, tickets can still be hand by calling the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at (205) 323-6665.

Saban is making a quick entrance into the prestigious hall of fame. In his first six years as head football coach of the Crimson Tide he has produced three national championship teams (2009, 2011, and 2012), made Alabama the featured name in the NFL draft, and established a football dynasty in Tuscaloosa.

A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Saban has been the head coach for college and NFL teams with Toledo, Michigan State, LSU, and the Miami Dolphins, before his extraordinary time at The University.

He also won a national championship, making him the only coach to accomplish the feat at two major colleges. He trails only former Alabama Coach Paul W. Bryant in coaching national championship teams. Bryant had six, all with the Crimson Tide.

Bryant and Saban are the only coaches to win Southeastern Conference championships at two schools.

He has won many National Coach of the Year awards including, two Associated Press National Coach of the Year awards (2003 and 2008), one Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2003), three Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year awards (2009, 2011, 2012) and three SEC Coach of the Year awards (2003, 2008, 2009).

A native of Epes, Oliver played football collegiately at The University of Alabama. He was a member of Coach Bryant's first National Championship team in 1961. He spent more than 30 years in the coaching profession, and was renowned as a defensive coach.

He won three National Championships as a member of the Coach Bryant staff (1973, 1978, and 1979) and one as a member of the Coach Gene Stallings staff in 1992. He was also on the coaching staffs of 12 SEC Championship teams.

He was head coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1980-1983 with a record of 29-14-1. He was interim head coach at Auburn in 1998. He was a defensive coordinator for the Memphis Showboats of the USFL in 1983 and 1984.

Other members of the ASHOF Class of 2013 are Ronnie Baynes (football official), Forrest Blue (football) posthumously, Eric Davis (football), Vickie Orr (basketball), and Dannette Young Stone (track and field).

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