If You Want to Understand Nick Saban, Watch Him at Practice

Posted by Larry Burton on August-26-2009 Add Comments

Everybody has a personal side and a public side. One reporter joked to me that both of Nick Saban's were surly. He was just joking, but that is the impression many have of him.

If you really want to know Saban, watch him at practice. He's yelling, he's coaching, he's criticizing, and he's praising.

This spring a smiling Rolando McClain told me that if he calls your number, he's mad at you, and if he calls your name, it's because you did something good.

Now I have been to some practices and seen this myself, and nobody likes to hear their number called.

Miss a tackle, be out of position, or do something else he notices, and you can be sure to hear something like, "55! Hey 55! You're killing me here! What were y...

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