Jerry Palm of cbssports.com has said it. Alabama will return to the BCS National Championship game next season in a match-up with Ohio State. If it happens, it would mean a rematch between Nick Saban and the man he sent to the emergency room shortly after his 2009 thrashing in the SEC Championship Game.
The term “processed” has become one of value to Tide fans. Nick Saban has preached the word from the start at Bama. But the list of coaches and programs he has processed has been long and entertaining. Here are just a few:
• Phil Fulmer and Tennessee
• Tommy Tuberville and Auburn
• Urban Meyer and Florida
• Sly Croom
• Bobby Petrino
• Gene Chizik and Auburn, a second time
• Derrick Dooley and Tennessee, a second time
• The entire University of Texas football program (on and off the field)
The notion of being “processed” is this: You get the ax when a program sees their coach get dominated by the golden standard in college football, and immediately deem they can’t keep up with Alabama with you as their head coach. Or, it happens when your program keeps you but you and your team become irrelevant.
In Meyer’s case, he did it to himself. In fear, the Urban legend retired from the game “to spend more time with his family,” only to emerge about a year later as a candidate at Ohio State as their ship began to sink.
Now, let’s be real. As Bama has proven in all three of its National Championship runs in the last four years, it takes a great deal of luck and good fortune going your way to play for the crystal football. But if Palm is correct and Ohio State does become the unlucky opponent against Saban’s Tide, it’ll be interesting to watch the rest of Meyer’s career at Ohio State if Nick Saban does to him what he just got finished doing to Notre Dame.