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Sitting here wondering. Wondering what it is about saint nick that sets him so far from the rest. Or is he really that far ahead? He has got to be the best collegiate coach I have personally witnessed. Hell, I'll even stretch that statement to the best coach at any level I have ever seen. Born on this day in 86. Makes me 27 to be exact. In 27 years I don't think I've seen any better. Belichick is my only other option. Does Saban have a book out explaining all his secrets?
But really, preparation has to be #1. My #2 reason would have to be recruiting. Get the best players year in, year out and you will be a winner. Players want to go play for Saban. Having trouble pinning the #3. I guess the way I'm leaning is the highway to the NFL, but that reason is tied to the recruiting side of things I think. Why is this man so freaking dominant? Seeing the gumps win 3 titles and Saban with 4 in the past 5-10 years makes me sick in the core of my loins. Almost as sick as the black panther cologne from Anchorman.
But honestly, when I put it all in perspective, we have a coach who is taking us to unprecedented levels. We haven't peaked yet. At least the dominant Bama squad is in the west. Saban lost to Spurrier. Players still want to go play for Steve. If he really stays four more years, we will be in really good shape. We are set up perfectly for next year. Only hurdle being at UGA. Being that LSU will be much weaker, it makes our game with the pups that more importante. We take UGa in Athens, which I firmly believe we will do with the assistance of our Heisman DE JD Clowney, we are in this game next year. We will be the ones the entire SEC will be pulling for. Our potent 2 QB punch with experienced athletic wideouts(assuming Bruce and Ace return) and stellar running game will be damn near unstoppable. We need Elliott to have his best coaching year in '13-'14 to solidify this prognostication. Not worried ab linebackers in the short term as long as Clowney stays healthy and meaner than a bitter old lady who just got a check declined at your local Harris Teeter. Every night I pray to the Lord that Ace returns, bc he is also a game changing difference maker in his own right.
Anywho, to close out this essay 101 class, I would like to state that Spurrier once was the coach who every college football fan in the country envied to have and loved to hate. He put swagger back into the SC fanbase. USCe is now a FORCE in the Southeastern Conference. We will play aTm in the SEC champ next year. Clowney will win the Heisman trophy and be picked # 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Spurrier has more than enough energy for another title run. He has recruited enough talent on this team for us to compete for the natty. Our window is set up perfectly next year. Like Saban, Spurrier can prepare for big games (see Bama 2010) but the question is, can he prepare like Saban does and take care of every game we play, especially vs UGA, aTm, and hopefully the BCS championship. I may be drinking garnet kool aid but I'd rather drink that tonight than force myself to believe that Alabama will continue to be the best program of all time. Spurrier has seemed really giddy with his postseason remarks ab our team and the more evil he gets this offseason, the better for Carolina football now and forever. No longer will we have commercials involving a student in the third row trying to find all her answers within all the questions. ( that was the worst commercial ever for USC ) We will have commercials sporting our baseball and football championships. As long as Martin stays put we can factor in hoops in the equation. I am being rude and not talking to my friends bc I've been typing this long post so I will just watch the rest of this one-sided game that will make 7 in a row for OUR league and be sociable again. Hope everybody will have a sip of my kool-aid as well.....
They have the unbeatable combination of great coaching and great players. And when they get in this position (to play a big game) they always seem to play their best. I don't know what it will take to derail this train!
I agree with most all of your post, but please don't ever give Saban a month to prepare against your team either. You will lose.
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Saban has turned the best program in college football into the best program in college football. He's a great coach, no doubt. I go back and forth as to how impressive it is to do that. All they have to do is offer the best prospects, and they will come.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Not saying what he has done is not impressive, but Bama sells it self and after they got off probation it was just a mater of time. Hell they fired a ten win coach if I remember correct all though he did go 6-6 the next year. Bama does not recruit theY PICK
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Garnet I Bleed
LOL at you trying to downplay what Saban has done.
Spurrier...I appreciate him plenty
Nick Saban retiring.
He is that good. recruiting, evaluating, coaching, staff they are the best.
I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum.
Spurrier only had 1 title in his tenure at Florida. Saban has three at bama and 1 in lsu in a little less time, I think.
Spurrier is great but saban has scoreboard in spades. IMO.
Spurrier is a top 10 coach all time imho. We are lucky to have him, he's done things for us that I thought would never happen. He's the best coach we've ever had.
Saban is making a case for the best coach of all time.
The difference between the two is Saban's comment about resting two days then getting back to work. He doesn't care about anything else. That's not a knock on Spurrier, more of an appreciation for how rare Saban is. He's the best in the game today, maybe the GOAT.
This...It's Saban, then everyone else...
Dont forget Scott Cochran
Alabama wasn't the best program in the nation when he got there.
Alabama was about like Tenn now when Saban got there. Miss St or Tenn type....
Alabama had 4 penalties tonight...last year in the MNC they had 1. Not only does he have the best players, but they are the most disciplined. Didn't jump off sides, or have a false start to my knowledge.
That's why the offsides call vs Tex Am was so shocking.
Spurrier is an awesome coach. He probably has more "talent" than Saban. But Saban has an above average talent for coaching...and is without question the hardest working coach in CFB. Spurrer on DP show said it was golf season....Saban is giving himself 48 hours. That's 24 or so hours at home before he's back on the grind.
Spurrier has other hobbies, much more well rounded than Saban.
But nobody will ever compare to Saban and his constant drive towards perfection.
Bama had 1 SEC title since league started champ game. (The first in 92)
No Heisman winner...
They had only been to the SEC champ 5 times since the league started having a champ game....
They weren't even the best program in there state...much less the SEC west...much less the SEC or even the nation.
Wrong, SOS builds prgrams, Saban is really good, but he walks into built programs. Uf was NOTHing before SOS. SOS monkey stomped #1 bama a few yrs back w a fresh rb. Of SOS had inherited a bama and lsu 20 yrs ago, he'd have several MNCs.
Good call Woodrow,
Heard a guest on Finebaum's show recently; stated something along the lines of on the field he felt SOS and Saban were the best/equals, off the field Saban got the nod due to his being relentless and Spurrier not as much - for me that's a pretty accurate description; I'll take SOS on gameday any Saturday, but Saban never stops. Bama has a commit from Brookville HS in Lynchburg, Va, Saban's been there 3/4 times personally; Lynchburg is a town of 50K in central Va. and not "on the way" to anywhere else, to me that is exemplary of Saban's doggedness, and just like SOS, he ain't gonna change
Saban has taken Belichek's model of drafting certain size/speed per position and made it his recruiting model - and Kelly at Notre Dame stated on another XM show that they are modeling Bama and obviously for both it worked this year.
"Act like you've been there before and expect to be back." - Bear Bryant
Didn't Saban take over for fired coaches at both LSU and Bama?
Come on Steve, at least try to be objective; Bama was a wreck of a program under Shula and Dubose; before that during the Ray Perkins era. He is a tireless recruiter, he and his staff are excellent evaluators of talent, an exceptional game day coach - add that to the tradition of Bama and the result is what we are seeing. Let's not forget he was thumping Bama when he was at LSU. Saban going to Bama was the perfect storm - a perfectionist walking into a program with the tradition and money to get to the top.
Yes, he did. This is completely false. Bama had history, but they had 1 winning season the previous 4 before Saban. That program was not "built" for what they are doing now. LSU did nothing of note for 20 years or so before Saban won there. The notion that anybody can just walk in the door and win titles at those schools is not true. Yes, Spurrier does build programs but to say Saban doesn't do the same is not true.
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