Alabama

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Every football coach at the University of Alabama lives in the shadow of the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, who led the Crimson Tide to six national championships in the 1960s and '70s. But by drubbing Notre Dame 42-14 on Jan. 7 to win his third national title in four years, coach Nick Saban became the first to step out of that shadow. Before Saban arrived in 2007, a 10-win season often eluded the Tide. Now fans expect a championship every year, and Saban's squads often deliver. For a fan base that cherishes tradition, there's a growing awareness that the golden age...

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