December 10, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The statue of Alabama football coach
Nick Saban might not be ready before the season.
Director of athletic facilities Thad Turnipseed says the project
to honor Saban for the Crimson Tide's national title is about 65
percent completed but they're not going to rush the job.
Turnipseed says it might not be done until midseason. A memo
presented to the board of trustees in June proposed that the statue
be unveiled between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20.
The four previous Tide coaches to win national titles all have
statues in the plaza area outside the stadium: Wallace Wade, Frank
Thomas, Paul W. "Bear" Bryant and Gene Stallings.
Turnipseed says the first two renditions of the Saban statue
were rejected partly because the face and hair weren't right.
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