Predictions of the death of Alabama's dynasty have not aged well
Almost every year, there is a radio host or a sportswriter who makes a bold claim about the impending demise of the Alabama football dynasty.
They may come in September, October, December or even January, but you can almost set the calendar by them. Except looking back, the statements and declarations become even more laughable as time goes on.
Dan Wolken of USATODAY told Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network that, “The dynasty argument is a state of mind, a state of being. That no longer exists at Alabama.”
Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report at the time wrote in December, 2013, about “The Night the Alabama Football Dynasty Died.”
Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports in 2014 said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn would “own” Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“Alabama’s dynasty is over,” he said.
One of the most glaring examples of overreaction and being almost completely wrong came in a conversation between Joel Klatt and Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports.
“In life, in business, you’ve got to be able to pivot, I don’t think Nick’s pivoted particularly well,” Cowherd said in 2015. “First of all, I always thought it was a boring dynasty. I liked USC’s, I liked Texas’, but it’s kind of boring. And I sincerely believe this. It’s over.
Klatt replied, “No, it is.”
Cowherd: “They’ll win a bunch of games, but it’s over.”
Klatt: “Now, they may get another class in here that may do something special because he recruits very well. But Alabama’s problem is not Lane Kiffin, even though Lane Kiffin is a vanity play caller, and he’s probably not great for Alabama … he’s all about the stat sheet. … It’s not the coordinator’s fault, it’s not the quarterback’s fault, they have a Nick Saban problem at Alabama. They pay Kirby Smart and Nick Saban north of $8 million, and in the last 14 games they’ve given up 40 points four times. In the previous 80 before that, they had 13 shutouts, gave up 40 once. They haven’t adjusted. They have turned into … he’s turned Alabama into an old Big Ten defense.”
Cowherd: “That’s what it looks like.”
Since those comments were made, Alabama is 49-2.
The Night the Alabama Football Dynasty Died http://t.co/q1s0o4fe0w
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 2, 2013
“Alabama's dynasty is over,'' says @ESPN_Colin. “I predicted Gus Malzahn was going to own Nick Saban. He's going to own him.''
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 6, 2014
"The dynasty argument is about a state of mind, a state of being. That's gone. That no longer exists at Alabama." – @DanWolken
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 22, 2015