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Alabama coach Nick Saban is regarded by many as the undisputed best coach in college football and arguably one of the greatest coaches of all-time.

There’s been no shortage of high praise for Saban, specifically during his tenure with the Tide, which has resulted in four national championships, five SEC titles and seven first-place finishes in the SEC West since taking over in 2007.

But the praise means a bit more when it’s coming from another legendary head coach like Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Parcells.

“What Nick is trying to do down there and what he is done there is remarkable in terms of accomplishment and he’s able to sustain it as has Bill in New England,” Parcells told AL.com this week. “Those are remarkable achievements in coaching. They certainly have all my respect.”

Saban, who has his own lineage throughout college football, is a descendant of Parcells’ coaching tree having served as an assistant to Bill Belichick — Parcells’ former assistant coach and defensive coordinator — during his tenure with the Cleveland Browns.
Parcells noted the similarities between how Saban coaches at Alabama to himself with his former teams.

“I think we tried to do those things in a similar way,” Parcells said. “Accountability and trying to achieve on the high level — those things are on the forefront. He’s certainly a team-first guy. I think that is important as well.”

Saban enters his 11th season with the Tide and faces high expectations once again with the team ranked No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll.

Alabama will face No. 3 Florida State in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

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