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."
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.
"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."
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
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."
"Today, there's all kind of talk out there. You've got some saying the SEC should expand, that it would do well to add Miami and Florida State. To me, that doesn't make sense. We've already got Florida. We know this: If there's a penalty trying to win a national championship coming out of the SEC, the last four years tells you what it is. In our league you have the feeling you've got to win the championship twice."