Saban statue may not be done by season

Associated Press - June 29, 2010 12:34 PM ET

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The statue of Alabama football coach Nick Saban might not be ready before the season.

Director of athletic facilities Thad Turnipseed says the project to honor Saban for the Crimson Tide's national title is about 65% completed but they're not going to rush the job.

Turnipseed says it might not be done until midseason. A memo presented to the board of trustees in June proposed that the statue be unveiled between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20.

The four previous Tide coaches to win national titles all have statues in the plaza area outside the stadium: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Paul W. "Bear" Bryant and Gene Stallings.

Turnipseed says the first two renditions of the Saban statue were rejected partly because the face and hair weren't right.

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