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Nick Saban voted most intimidating coach by high school recruits

Nick Saban is one of the most focused and intense coaches in college football. He takes every opponent seriously and he is hard on his players. Apparently this information has not been lost on top high school recruits who voted him the most intimidating coach they’ve talked to.

Rivals.com says they polled about 80 blue-chip high school football recruits about a variety of college football and recruiting issues during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta. They were asked who the most intimidating coach they’ve spoken to is, and Saban won in a landslide.

Saban received 30 votes while Lane Kiffin was second with five votes and Will Muschamp had four. Here’s what some of the players said about him:

“He doesn’t do any type of grinning, smiling or laughing – none of that,” one player said. “He is what people say he is – strictly business.”

“He’s been in the elite for a long time and he’s heard it all,” that prospect said. “He just wants to get down to the chase and get to the offer and tell you what he likes and doesn’t like about you. That’s it.”

“With the background he has, just talking to him was like, ‘Wow, I’m really talking to Nick Saban,’ ” one player said. “It was incredible.”

Two of those quotes cite Saban’s business-like demeanor as an explanation for his intimidation. Another points out that Saban is just intimidating because of how successful he is. But has his intimidating behavior stopped recruits from going to Alabama? Not at all. If it had, then Bama wouldn’t be 48-6 over the past four years. But there’s no doubt that stories like this have hurt the Bama coach’s reputation.

H/T Morning News

Nick Saban says the broken BCS Championship trophy is no big deal (Video)

As we mentioned earlier in the week when we told you about Alabama’s championship trophy being accidentally shattered, it’s likely that no one feels worse about the incident than the player’s father who caused it. As you can see in the clip above from WHNT in Alabama, Nick Saban certainly doesn’t seem worried about it.

“I fell off my boat and (almost) killed myself once cleaning up after taking the kids wakeboarding,” Saban said, trying to downplay the fumble. “That could have been real disastrous. Breaking a crystal ball — even though it’s very meaningful — nobody got hurt, nobody meant to do any harm and I’m sure we can replace it.”

Mistakes happen. Alabama will make up for the $30,000 the trophy costs in the first 10 minutes of their single-game ticket sales. Life goes on.

Nick Saban Chest Bumps His Players After Gatorade Bath (Animated)

Alabama coach Nick Saban was hopping mad two years ago after his players bumped him in the head with the Gatorade bucket while trying to do the celebratory beverage bath. This time around, his players were able to dump him with Gatorade without nailing him in the dome. And Saban actually enjoyed it:

Yes, Nick Saban actually expressed joy for a change. He was smiling and had a messed up head of hair. Save this picture, because these are two things you don’t see very often:

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Heath Evans Says Nick Saban Walked Over a Convulsing Jeno James in 2005

We rarely hear stories about Nick Saban being a nice guy. Saban is known for running a very tight ship — a style that has obviously translated into tremendous success at the college level. When he coached in the NFL, the style is said to have not worked with professional athletes. We hear that a lot with NFL who players are grown, paid men who don’t want to be scolded. However, Heath Evans said it went beyond that with Saban and the Dolphins in 2005.

Appearing on 790 The Ticket with Jorge Sedano Wednesday morning, Evans recalled a pretty frightening story involving Saban and a Dolphins lineman from Miami’s training camp back in 2005.  Sports by Brooks transcribed it for us:

Jeno James, our best offensive lineman at the time, comes in and collapses after practice, uh, vomiting all kinds of stuff that would make a billygoat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head. Myself, about four other lineman are trying to carry him from the locker room, to the training room.

Obviously it’s a moment of panic, everyone, you know, we don’t know if this guy’s, you know, gonna die, I mean, the whole deal. But he’s so big and sweaty and heavy that we actually have to set him down in the hallway between the locker room and the training room.

Nick Saban literally just starts walking in, steps over Jeno James convulsing, doesn’t say a word, doesn’t try to help, goes upstairs, I don’t know what he does. But then obviously they get Jeno trauma-offed to the hospital.

Saban calls a team meeting about 10:30 that night, comes down and says, ‘You know, the captain of the ship can never show fear or indecision, we’ve always gotta have an answer, and so I had to go upstairs, that’s why I walked over Geno like that, I had to collect my thoughts and decide what’s best for our team.’

That’s obviously an enormous accusation to be making. We’ve seen former players accuse Saban of things like lying, but this borders on illegal.  Obviously, the word of one former player can’t be taken as 100 percent truth, but two other people have confirmed the story. Reporter Greg Bedard, and former Dolphins player Alex Holmes, have both said it’s true.  What an alarming scenario to think about.

Tom Izzo Was Disappointed with Nick Saban for Snubbing Michigan State

You can add another person to the list of those who have a beef with Nick Saban’s final regular season coaches’ ballot.  While many have griped about the Alabama coach voting Oklahoma State No. 4 on his ballot, that can’t really surprise anyone.  Although you are supposed to be completely objective in voting, we know one of the perks of the job is being able to help your team’s position.  As it turns out, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is also a bit disappointed in the way Saban voted, since he voted Michigan State 17th and their rival Michigan eighth.

“I don’t think it’s anything bad intended against Michigan State,” Izzo said according to The Grand Rapids Press. “I know he and Mark (Hollis, athletic director) have a decent relationship, and I don’t think Nick has any ill feelings to Michigan State, but it surprises me a little bit.”

Saban used to coach at MSU, so perhaps Izzo believes he should have helped them out.  However, the Spartans have three losses on the year and finished 17th in the final BCS standings, so obviously Saban’s opinion is not far off.  They finished 13th in the coaches’ poll behind Michigan who finished 12th, but as the Rapids Press pointed out MSU was well ahead of Michigan in the BCS standings so Saban’s vote did not affect their bowl status.

There are always going to be questions raised after the final votes are in, but the way people are reacting over Saban’s final ballot is is a bit dramatic.  His team deserves the spot they were given anyway, and he voted their biggest threat 4th just to give them an extra kick down the polls.  There aren’t many coaches in the country who wouldn’t do the same if put in a similar position.

Even Ex-LSU Players Are Asking Nick Saban for Tickets to Bama-LSU Game

On Saturday in Tuscaloosa, No. 1 LSU will face No. 2 Alabama in one of the most anticipated regular season game in years. It’s the first time an SEC game featured the top two ranked teams in the country. Media credentials are coming in by the hundreds, and ticket prices are surging into the thousands. That means ticket requests are also getting out of hand.

The assistant for Bama coach Nick Saban says she’s received five times as many ticket requests from friends and family than usual. The demand for the game is so high that even some of Saban’s former LSU players are hitting him up for tickets.

“I tell them, ‘I can’t put you in the Alabama section if you’re going to be cheering for LSU,’” Saban’s assistant Linda Leoni said. “They say, ‘No, we’re fans of Coach Saban.’”

These ex-players are so desperate for tickets they’re even willing to ask the enemy for help. I can’t imagine it’s a comfortable experience, but it’s better than doling out thousands for tickets.

Nick Saban’s Car Got Ticketed by Attendant Hoping for Alabama Tickets

Nick Saban may be a god in Alabama, and he may have his own statue, but even he’s not immune to receiving parking tickets.

Saban was in downtown Birmingham Monday to speak to a Monday Morning Quarterback Club in the Harbert Center. Media members left the club after hearing Saban speak, saw a parking meter attendant beginning to ticket the coach’s car.

After saying she was just doing her job, the woman joked that it might help her score tickets to a Bama game. Here is a video of the car being ticketed courtesy of al.com.

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