Nick Saban wins Paul 'Bear' Bryant Award

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Saban, who won the Bryant Award in 2003 at LSU, joins former Alabama head coach great Gene Stallings (1992) as past Crimson Tide award recipients.

Sources told ESPN and The Athletic earlier this week that the Tide planned to hire O'Brien in the next few days.

Nick Saban won the top award for a college football coach.

"I don't really think there should be a comparison", Saban said on the "The Jake Asman Show" on SportsMap Radio. "Because every year, as soon as the game is over, you have players going out for the draft, you have coaches getting head coaching jobs; you have to dive right into the next year that you don't even have time to think about it".

"I've always tried to have the best knowledge and experience I can for our players and their development, and I certainly think [O'Brien] can contribute to that in a very positive way", Saban said.

The Texans hired O'Brien after he spent two years as the head coach of a Penn State program trying to get back on its feet after a scandal rocked the university and forced the ouster of Joe Paterno.

The 51-year-old O'Brien was sacked in October, four games into a Texans season that began 0-4 and ended with a 4-12 record.

Alabama's comfortable 52-24 College Football Playoff victory over OH averaged 18.7 million viewers across the ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU channels, resulting in the lowest linear television audience in the 23 years since college football has decided a champion with a year-end game.

He had a 52-48 record in seven seasons with the AFC South franchise.

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