The Tuscaloosa News coverage of 1992
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Like Saban in 2009, Stallings won a national title in his third year as the Crimson Tide's head coach. Like Saban, Stallings succeeded with an interesting mixture of his own recruits - especially among the true sophomore class - and those who were already there when he arrived.
All seven of Stallings' Alabama football teams were reflections of the Stallings philosophy, though the 1992 national championship team was, almost certainly, the supreme expression.
If Alabama was poised to position itself for a run at the 1992 national championship, it wasn't equipped to do so in runaway fashion.
Miami came into the national title game riding a 29-game winning streak, but the Hurricanes hadn't seen anything like what Bill Oliver had cooked up for them.
The 1992 national championship touched off a celebration in Alabama, yet before the sun rose in New Orleans the seeds of UA's downfall began to take root.