They are reverse mirrors in personality — while Miles’ outward effervescence masks his demanding side, Saban’s cold efficiency subsumes his warmer side — but they grew up in the same school of college football.
“The big thing that we’ve tried to focus on in terms of what we learned in that game is the technical aspects of things that that we could have done better, maybe from a schematic standpoint, maybe from an execution standpoint,” Saban said.
For Alabama, it was a short flight, and a brass band greeted the Crimson Tide as they got off the plane, while somebody shouted “Roll Tide!” as coach Nick Saban talked to reporters.
Even if you were in the NFL, you would make 35 or 40 percent of those field goals, and I think that players have to keep that in perspective, especially our players so that they continue to develop confidence in what they have the ability to do.
“To be honest, Saban didn’t want him,” Mountain Brook High School football coach Chris Yeager said. “He wanted to figure out a way to get rid of him. When Saban came to visit William at his house, I felt like he really tried to get him to decommit because of his size.”
The coach has transformed a program emerging from the ravages of NCAA sanctions into a national powerhouse, ringing in a new era of success for an Alabama program that claims 13 national titles.
If the Crimson Tide wins Monday night, as I expect they will, shouldn’t LSU be entitled to a best-out-of-three rematch? Sounds fair to me. But, then again, whoever said that the BCS system was fair?
“I think players have to show a tremendous amount of maturity and understanding,” Saban said. “In our case this year, we had three weeks where we worked out and lifted weights where we didn’t practice.”
Football prospects today are more knowledgeable than ever about recruiting. That’s not necessarily a good thing for colleges that rely on age-old tricks of selling recruits on the fantasies that once worked in this business.
No league has won or shared six national titles in succession. The Big Ten strung five in the Great Depression era.