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The best coach in Alabama history?

Updated: July 21, 2014, 4:32 PM ET
By Blythe Lawrence | Special to espnW.com

When the University of Alabama women's gymnastics team won their fifth NCAA championship under head coach Sarah Patterson in 2011, people started saying that Patterson deserved a statue on campus. Preferably one right outside Coleman Coliseum, where people packed to cheer on the Crimson Tide gymnasts in record-setting numbers in the tens of thousands -- no small feat for a sport that isn't called football.

After all, why not? By 2011, Patterson's teams ...

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