Saban equipping Tide to live up to Bama's storied past

Updated: March 27, 2008, 7:55 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For a place its critics insist is hopelessly consumed with the past, Alabama has never been more excited about its football future.

Well, at least not since an icon by the name of Paul W. "Bear" Bryant was roaming the sidelines, which was 26 years and eight head coaches ago.

Everywhere you turn in Tuscaloosa, there are reminders that it's a new day, a new game and a new way of doing things.

One of the waiters at the original Dreamland restaurant, ...

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