TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The statue of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban already is in progress and could be done in time for the annual A-Day spring game, the Tuscaloosa News reports.
University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore said soon after Alabama won the national championship that the university likely would place a statue of Saban outside Bryant-Denny Stadium in an area called the “Walk of Champions.”
The plaza already has statues of other coaches who’ve won national championships at Alabama.
The Tuscaloosa News reports today that MTM Recognition, the company that produced the 4 existing statues of UA national title coaches beside the Walk of Champions plaza outside Bryant-Denny Stadium, is also handling the planned bronze replica of Saban.
The project manager for those statues, Corey Beltz, is also working with the latest project and the designers already are sculpting clay for the monument to Saban. “He won’t be in a suit and tie — that’s not his style,” Beltz told the Tuscaloosa News. “It will reflect more of his role as an encourager, a director, that’s the general direction. They’re sculpting the face right now.”
A UA official estimated the statue’s cost at $50,000.