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Saban Denies Interest in Texas, Again

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"I don't know where y'all get these reports. I don't know where y'all get your information, but I've already commented on all of this stuff," Saban said at his Wednesday press conference. "There's nothing new or different that's ever happened. I'm very committed to the University of Alabama. Love being here. Talk about it before, don't need to talk about it again."

Nick Saban has to deny interest in Texas again I know fans of a lot of programs get anxious when there's talk of their coach possibly leaving. Well, all of this business with Saban is proof that nearly every good coach is not immune to talk of a jump elsewhere. If no one has an eye on your head man, that's when it's time to worry. As for Saban, I don't think he's going anywhere. I do, however, get a kick out of him getting angrier and angrier with each time he's forced to issue a denial of something. Hopefully the potential stability of a new AD being named at Texas won't end all of the rumormongering.

Saban said during the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, "LSU wasn't winning when I went there. Michigan...

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Saban said during the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, "LSU wasn't winning when I went there. Michigan State wasn't winning when I went there. Toledo wasn't winning when I went there. And Alabama really wasn't winning when I came here. I guess I gotta go someplace else. I don't know." He added, "I think it's great, I love Steve. I'm always anxious to hear what he has to say - it's always funny."

Saban responds to Spurrier Not a bad comeback to Spurrier's line about him from April, all things considered, but he completely missed (or avoided) Spurrier's actual point. Hit the link if you're lost on the exchange.

Our policy is we don't want guys to twitter information about our team that creates an advantage...

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Our policy is we don't want guys to twitter information about our team that creates an advantage for the other team. And secondly, we monitor guys' Twitter so that they are not putting information out that could be personally damaging to them in the future in terms of the kind of information that they choose to put out there, but we don't have a policy where you can't do it.

Coach Nick Saban from today's press conference. The issue seems to be related to Duron Carter's tweet before the game last Saturday that he wasn't going to play. That, in turn, had fueled speculation about his status. And while the policy isn't particularly surprising I had not seen it stated explicitly prior to these statements by Coach Saban.

"We all go through our lives, we're worried about our careers, we're worried about how much money...

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"We all go through our lives, we're worried about our careers, we're worried about how much money we make, we're worried about these things where none of them are guaranteed. But the relationships we have and how people are affected by things, I think always affects your compassion. It does have an impact on you as a person."

Fox Sports' Bill Reiter pens a superb profile of Coach Saban comparing how different he is today versus when he took the Alabama job in 2007.

The old saying is that college football teams take on the personality of their coaches, and nowhere...

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The old saying is that college football teams take on the personality of their coaches, and nowhere is that more true than at Alabama. Saban's brutally professional, clinically detail-oriented, obsessively driven approach has created a program where sloppiness and shoddy preparation--from offseason workouts to gameday routines to play execution--isn't so much "not tolerated" as nonexistent. It's not a particularly personable philosophy, which is one reason Saban has arguably become the SEC's most hated villain. But as the 2011 season grinds into motion, it's also what's made him the nation's single most successful active college football coach.

Nick Saban comes in No. 3 in CBSSports.com College Football 100, a countdown of the 2011 season's 100 most influential players, coaches, administrators, venues, or any other related things in college football.

Since the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair...

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Since the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair to say that this is a once in a life-time opportunity. Without Cam Newton (or Nick Saban as our coach) it is hard to imagine this ever happening again.

An attorney and Auburn fan requests that a trial be scheduled so as not to conflict with the national championship game. (Hat tip: Scott Key.) This is, of course, a perfectly reasonable request, but could the guy have done a little research before filing his request? "[T]he last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957"? Really? There wasn't a game with the "national championship game" designation in 1957, and, if there had been, Auburn wouldn't have been in it, because the Plainsmen were on probation and were banned from postseason play. At least he's realistic about the prospects for a repeat, though. Go 'Dawgs!

"One thing he learned is that he wants no distractions in the program. It's the same thing I...

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"One thing he learned is that he wants no distractions in the program. It's the same thing I learned from Chuck Noll. ... No distractions. None. You play one at a time. Keep your mouth shut and good things will happen. We don't care if we play home or away, on gravel or on the street or on grass. No excuses."

Former Michigan State Head Coach George Perles on the education of one Nick Saban. Via The Birmingham News. The interesting connection made here is with the Steel Curtain-era Steelers. Saban and Perles initially met while the latter was the Defensive Coordinator in Pittsburgh. Turns out Saban, while an assistant at West Virginia, would go over to the Steelers headquarters quite a bit to learn what he could about the famed pro franchise's approach. When Perles got the job in East Lansing, he brought Saban on his staff.

"We don’t have any timeline. When it’s s right, we’re going to put it up. That’s all we’re waiting o...

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"We don’t have any timeline. When it’s s right, we’re going to put it up. That’s all we’re waiting on. It’s gone back and forth. We don’t really have a schedule and we’re not pushing it."

UA’s director of athletic facilities Thad Turnipseed on the schedule to erect the statue of Coach Saban in the Walk of Champions. It seems the likelihood of having it in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium for the start of the season is low.

A film on Saban and his career will debut on the big screen in late August in a limited theatre...

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A film on Saban and his career will debut on the big screen in late August in a limited theatre run. The première of "Nick Saban: Gamechanger'" is scheduled for August 24 with an expected general public debut several days later. The film, produced by Flashlight Media Group of Memphis, delves into uncharted waters with Saban and interviews those closest to the two-time national championship coach.

Nick Saban: The Movie? So says Paul Finebaum

Three years ago, when [Derek] Dooley got his first head coaching job at Louisiana Tech, his team...

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Three years ago, when [Derek] Dooley got his first head coaching job at Louisiana Tech, his team traveled to LSU in yet another a nonconference game of non-BCS little guy playing BCS big boy for a boatload of cash. After it was over, after La Tech had absorbed a 58-10 beatdown, he heard a few of his assistant coaches in the locker room tell players to keep their heads up because they played hard. "I said that's bull---; put your head down," Dooley said. "Because I was embarrassed. Not because of the score, but because of the way we competed. I told them the next time we come here, I'm bringing a box of Sharpies and I'll have some pictures so you can get their autographs before the game."

via The Sporting News The apple doesn't fall very far from the tree and it's worth remembering what particular tree Dooley fell from. While the Vols are likely to struggle next season (and probably the year after that), this guy has a very good chance of turning Tennessee into a conference power again.
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