CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) – The Charlotte Touchdown
Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association
of America officially announces Nick Saban,
Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama, as Keynote Speaker
for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet scheduled for Monday,
“I appreciate the invitation to speak at the 2014 Bronko Nagurski
Awards Banquet,” Coach Nick Saban said. "The Charlotte Touchdown
Club and the Football Writers Association of America have built
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy into one of the nation’s premiere defensive
awards for college football and I’m excited to be a part of this
“The Charlotte Touchdown Club is thrilled to have Coach Nick
Saban as Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Banquet,”
said John Rocco Executive Director of the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
“We look forward to Coach Saban’s remarks and the announcement of
the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner at our black tie banquet
held December 8th at the Westin Hotel.”
A man of vision who has a proven record of championship success,
head coach Nick Saban has returned the University of Alabama to
the top of the college football landscape with his commitment to
building the total program. After the victory over Notre Dame in
the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Saban joined Frank Leahy,
Paul “Bear” Bryant and John McKay as the only coaches to win four
national titles in the modern era.
As he begins his eighth season in Tuscaloosa this spring, Saban’s
uncompromising dedication to excellence in every phase of the program
has resulted in the school’s 13th, 14th and 15th national championships
and the foundation has been set to yield long-term success for the
A five-time National Coach of the Year, Saban has achieved resounding
success as a head coach and has earned a reputation as an outstanding
tactician, leader, organizer and motivator. Those qualities have
sparked impressive turnarounds at every stop of his career. Saban’s
consistent approach and disciplined leadership are the reasons his
teams are known for exhibiting grit, determination and resilience,
often overcoming adversity to achieve victory.
Saban led the 2013 Alabama team to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, making
a sixth straight New Year’s Day bowl appearance and the third straight
in a BCS bowl. This senior class posted a remarkable record of 60-7
over the last five years with four bowl wins and three national
titles. Their record in the classroom was just as impressive as
28 Crimson Tide graduates took the field for the bowl matchup with
Oklahoma. Senior quarterback AJ McCarron was named a first team
All-American, won the Maxwell and Unitas Awards, and finished as
the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting while directing one of
the most productive offenses in school history.
On the other side of the ball, senior linebacker C.J. Mosley
took home Alabama’s third Butkus Trophy and earned All-America honors
for the second straight year as he led a defense that entered the
bowl game ranked second nationally in fewest points allowed. Safety
Ha Clinton-Dix and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio joined McCarron
and Mosley as first team All-Americans.
Saban has compiled a 165-57-1 (.742) record as a college head
coach and has gone 72-9 (.889) in the past six seasons in Tuscaloosa,
which includes a 42-6 mark in regular-season conference play. In
2013, the Tide reached the 10-win milestone for the seventh consecutive
season under Saban. With another SEC Championship win and BCS National
Championship Game victory in 2012, Saban is 8-1 all-time in conference
or national championship games.
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The Charlotte Touchdown Club was founded in 1991 for the purpose
of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football
in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services
focus community attention on the outstanding Citizenship, Scholarship,
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The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte
Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America to
the nation’s most outstanding NCAA defensive football player at
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benefit the Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund. For more
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