Three legendary football coaches – Bill Belichick, Nick Saban, and Pete Carroll – all resigned from their positions within a span of 24 hours this week. They collectively held these positions for over 50 years.
Saban announced his resignation after 17 seasons at Alabama, where he won six of his seven national championships, while Belichick mutually agreed to part ways with the New England Patriots after 24 seasons and six Super Bowl titles.
Meanwhile, Carroll will transition to an advisory role with the Seattle Seahawks after 14 seasons and one Super Bowl win as head coach. He previously led USC to two national titles, making him one of three coaches to achieve this feat, alongside Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.
For this reason, we have decided to take a logo-centric look back at their careers, from their humble beginnings as graduates or special assistants to their later rise through the ranks, including the logos used during their national championship and/or Super Bowl seasons.
Belichick and Saban’s paths crossed multiple times in the NFL, including during their time with the Cleveland Browns, when Belichick served as head coach from 1991 to 1994 and Saban as his defensive coordinator.
There was also a period where Belichick was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants and Saban was the defensive backs coach for the Houston Oilers (1988–89), as well as Belichick as head coach of the Patriots and Saban leading the Miami Dolphins (2005–06).
Saban and Carroll never faced each other as head coaches at the college level, but their careers have been intertwined since Saban succeeded Carroll as the secondary coach at Ohio State in 1980, after Carroll took a position as defensive coordinator at NC State.
Interestingly, Carroll was later replaced by Belichick after being fired as head coach of the Patriots after the 1999 season. They faced each other as head coaches in 1994 and later in Super Bowl XLIX, when the Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24.
This was not the only time the two coaches shared a stage, as Saban led LSU to a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the 2004 Sugar Bowl, capturing the BCS National Championship, while Carroll helped USC win the AP title with a 28-14 victory over Michigan in the 2004 Rose Bowl.
This was the most recent shared national title in the history of college football, as the sport began holding a standalone championship game in 2006 and transitioned to a playoff format with four teams in 2014. It will expand to a 12-team format in the upcoming season.