Big 12: Jerry Glanville

Hail to the Crimson Tide in my unaccustomed role as presenter

January, 8, 2010
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- I'm safe and sound following the trip back from the Rose Bowl late last night after witnessing a memorable Citi BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama just made too many plays as the Crimson Tide overcame Texas for a 37-21 victory.

Garrett Gilbert showed moxie and a lot of guile as he nearly led the Longhorns back from an 18-point halftime deficit before a series of late turnovers caught up with the young Texas quarterback.

It's only natural that fans will wonder what would have happened if Colt McCoy had played the entire game, especially considering the Longhorns' success on the five plays McCoy ran before his injury. It's something that will always be in the minds of fans -- particularly those from Texas.

A victory would have made Texas the favorite for team of the decade in the Big 12. A pair of national championships would have been hard to argue with.

But now, Oklahoma's six Big 12 championships and one national title trumps the Longhorns' two Big 12 titles and one national championship in 2005.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has the strongest argument as the national coach of the decade after becoming the first coach in the BCS era to claim national championships with two different programs. He beat Big 12 teams twice to claim those titles, subduing Oklahoma in the 2004 BCS title game and vanquishing Texas last night.

We have one more media obligation here in California before every packs up and heads home. Saban will be receiving several national championship trophies at a press conference here beginning at 1 p.m. ET that will be available on ESPNEWS and likely many stations from across the state of Alabama.

One of them will come from me. It will be one of my first acts as the new president of the Football Writers Association of America. I'll present the Alabama coach with our trophy emblematic of the organization's national championship for the 2009 season.

We go back a long ways. I remember covering Saban when he was the defensive backs coach on Jerry Glanville's staff with the Houston Oilers in the late 1980s. He was a developing coach and I was a cub reporter.

A couple of my predecessors have warned me to be prepared as the trophy is pretty heavy.

Something tells me that Saban and the Alabama officials responsible for taking the trophy back to Tuscaloosa won't mind. They have plenty of room in the school's trophy case and several willing volunteers to carry the symbol of the Crimson Tide's victory back home, despite its weight.

Me, I'll just be glad to hand the trophy off.

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