When Nick Saban retired, Alex wrote a column for the Ringer under the headline “Nick Saban Made Alabama Too Big to Fail.” The same day, Godfrey argued in the Washington Post that the “theory that a post-Saban Alabama is too big to fail … ultimately misunderstands the how and why of Saban’s singular success.”
Can these two arguments be squared? Somewhat yes, and somewhat no. We talk in this episode about Alabama’s rough first two weeks without Saban, the Crimson Tide’s challenges going forward, and how Saban did (and did not) protect them from a cold, unforgiving life without him. Production: Anthony Vito.
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