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Nick Saban Regrets Blowing Off Urban Meyer 20 Years Ago

This story is nothing new, but since it’s never been mentioned here before it’s well worth our time. Back in 1990, Nick Saban was the head coach at Toledo. The Rockets went 9-2 under Saban and had one of the best statistical defenses in the country. Nick left Toledo to coach the Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick the next three years, but while he was there, a young coach reached out to him.

As the story goes, Urban Meyer was an assistant at Illinois State and hoping to get hired by Saban’s staff at Toledo. Meyer called Saban’s home and spoke with his wife, Terry, who interviewed him and gave Nick a positive recommendation. Saban never followed up, calling the error “one of the biggest mistakes [he's] ever made.”

Meyer went from Illinois State to Colorado State, Notre Dame, and Bowling Green (his first head coaching gig). From there, he went to Utah and went undefeated with Alex Smith at quarterback, and then onto Florida. In his 10th season as a head coach, Meyer has an incredible 100-18 record. He’s worst season by record was 9-4 in 2007 with the Gators.

As for Saban, he never had a losing season until going 6-10 with the Dolphins in 2006, his 13th season as a head coach. I’d say both have done pretty darn well for themselves. I can’t even imagine how good a team would have been with Urb running the offense and Nick handling the defense. That’s like a coaching dream team right there.

Nick Saban Nails the Boise State Problem

One of the biggest debates in college football is whether or not Boise State deserves a spot in a national championship game should they go undefeated. My answer is no because their schedule is not challenging enough, regardless of their win over Virginia Tech and a potential win over Oregon State.

Boise State is a very good team and a fine program — I picked them to beat Virginia Tech — but I firmly believe they would lose a game or two if they played in a major conference. It’s one thing to get up for a big game once or twice a year but it’s a complete other to beat quality opponents every single week. That’s something Alabama has to face in the SEC but something Boise State does not have to in the WAC. Saban noted the difference on his Thursday night radio show, as relayed by The Wiz of Odds:

He noted that Alabama defeated Virginia Tech in its 2009 opener and defeated six other teams that were the caliber of Virginia Tech, or maybe better. And maybe more than that if you throw in Texas and Florida in the SEC Championship Game. …”

“It’s the full body of work. It’s not just that you can beat one team, but if you have to beat six or seven other teams and have to play with consistency to do it, I think that goes a long way in saying a lot about what kind of football team that you have. And that’s no disrespect that you have, because they may certainly be able to do the same thing if they were put in that circumstance.”

At least Boise State will be challenged more regularly when they move to the Mountain West but for now, the situation is as Saban describes it. It’s hard to tell a school before they’ve even played a game that no matter what you do, it won’t be good enough, but that’s the situation for Boise State. You cannot tell me with confidence that they would be undefeated if they had to play Florida, LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas, and that’s the issue at hand.

Sources:
Saban takes a shot at Boise State’s worthiness as a BCS title contender [The Birmingham News]

Nick Saban Dosed by the Gatorade Cooler in the Head During Celebration

If they don’t call him no-fun-Nick, maybe they should. Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban apparently has a no Gatorade bath rule for victories that his team broke on Thursday night. Considering it was the National Championship game, I’m sure Saban was fine to be on the receiving end of the red shower. Problem is his players got too overzealous and wound up running into his noggin with the cooler. Watch the Nick Saban Gatorade bath video to check it out:

Saban was even asked about the Gatorade bath after the game and seemed to echo our sentiment expressed above: “I’m a lot happier with the bath than if I didn’t get one, I can tell you that.” Yes coach, some moments are worth celebrating. Saban now has won titles at both LSU and Alabama, and this one came in just his third year at Tuscaloosa. Not too bad my friend, not too bad. When ranking college football head coaches, I’d have to say Saban tops the list.

Don’t Talk to Nick Saban About Cupcakes (He Prefers Brownies)

If you’re wondering what makes Nick Saban such a good coach (aside from his tireless work ethic, excellent recruiting skills, and defensive mind), this clip from his news conference on Tuesday will give you some insight. About halfway through the video Saban gets rolling in response to a question about keeping his team motivated against an “inferior” opponent like Florida International.


That’s right folks, there are no cupcakes in Nick Saban’s book. And actually, that’s a really important lesson for his team to learn. Saban already experienced that sort of disappointment when they lost to Louisiana-Monroe in his first season in Tuscaloosa so he knows how losing focus one week can derail one’s season. By the way, as far as #4 goes, it doesn’t take a whole lot to be better than anyone Virginia Tech offered up on offense last week. They stunk.

Nick Saban Speech: ‘I Don’t Give a S*** Who We’re Playing’

Nick Saban answers a lot of questions regarding his relentless drive and passion to succeed. Never satisfied (keep the Miami Dolphins comments to yourself) with what his team accomplished last week or last year, he’s always looking to get better and to keep winning. It’s that type of attitude that’s helped make him one of the best, if not the best, college football coach in the country. That type of attitude also makes it difficult for him to relate to the media and to the fans. But Saban did his best to try and convey that message to the Crimson Tide fans during his weekly radio show, encouraging them in no uncertain terms to get pumped up for their game with Mississippi State just the same as they would for the game against Auburn. Check out Saban getting fired up and cussing in this video, and skip ahead to around the 2:45 mark.

I may have called him Nick Satan in the past — and it was probably deserved — but I’ve really come around on the guy. He has tremendous drive and focus and has proven he’s one of the best at what he does. He certainly has my respect and I’d be cheering like a madman too!

Nick Saban Is Tommy Bowden’s Shoulder to Cry on After Loss

I’m a little new to this whole thing, but I guess in the college football world, it’s cool for coaches to converse with each other and share ideas. How often do we hear about coaches opening up their practices to other coaches who want to come by and learn? Wasn’t half the coaching world in Morgantown the last few years to adopt Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense? Apparently it doesn’t end with sharing strategies — calling coaches that just whooped your ass in a game is cool now too — if you ask Tommy Bowden. After Bowden’s Clemson Tigers got rolled by Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide 34-10 on Saturday, Bowden called over to Saban for advice:

“As I talked to coach Saban, I said, ‘I’m not one to have enough pride where I’ve got all the answers. I see you got six months to study me, a guy like you, what did you see?” Bowden said Tuesday.

Saban wasn’t the only high-profile coach Bowden called on this week. He said he also spoke with his father, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden; Georgia coach Mark Richt and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer about how the Tigers would recover from the beatdown at the Georgia Dome.

As my buddy Arnie Spanier pointed out, why the heck was he calling Frank Beamer? Don’t you think Beamer has his own problems to worry about, you know — like being upset by East Carolina? Where’s the compassion, Tommy? By the way, it’s just a shame that I don’t do Doc Brown’s picks for college games — Bama over Clemson would have been a lock for me; Clemson always gets tons of hype and fails in big games every single year. As for Saban? He may be a prick, but he’s a darn good coach. That’s just a mis-match right there.

Rich Rodriguez Might Be King of the College Football Scum

Back when Bobby Petrino left Atlanta for Arkansas, I pondered whether or not the meeting between Petrino’s Razorbacks and Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide would be the worst matchup ever. I may have to amend that post. If Arkansas and Michigan were to meet, I think that would be the worst game ever. As JS emailed in with the tip, West Virginia is suspicious of former coach, Rich Rodriguez, who may or may not have destroyed some old football documents. The files contained information — good or bad — on every single player in the West Virginia program. They reportedly disappeared between the time that Rodriguez resigned and the team returned from the Fiesta Bowl. Important documents? I wonder, where could they have gone?

And as far as my title and whatnot goes, even if Rodriguez is cleared of this issue, he’s still way up there on the scum list. Think about it; Rodriguez ran a program that boasted both Pacman Jones and Chris Henry as its star student athletes. Can you believe the two encountered this much trouble in the NFL but none in college at West Virginia under Rodriguez? Gimme a break. And what does it say about West Virginia for letting Rodriguez run the program with those cats only to leak this story to the press for sympathy as soon as he leaves? Don’t think I’m not seeing right through you enablers.