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Nick Saban thinks Ricky Williams will be a good coach

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban is highly regarded in the coaching world, especially at the college football level. When Saban speaks, the world listens or cower in fear if he is having a bad day. Regardless of the mood or situation, Saban’s words carry a lot of weight. When he pays a compliment, it tends to mean something.

During Wednesday’s SEC teleconference Saban offered words of praise for former Texas Longhorn and Heisman Trophy running back Ricky Williams, suggesting the former NCAA rushing leader has what ti takes to succeed in the college coaching game.

“I think Ricky Williams would be a great coach,” Saban said according to “I know that people talk about Ricky Williams for a lot of different reasons, but as a player to coach, the guy was as good a player as you could ever have on the field to coach. He played hard every down. He was a great competitor.”

Saban, of course, coached Williams in the NFL during his brief stint coaching the Miami Dolphins. Williams was on the roster each season Saban was in Miami, before Saban returned to the college game to coach Alabama. Though Saban was at Miami during a troubling time for Williams, the Crimson Tide head coach saw some positives in Williams as a player that he feels could benefit him as a coach.

“I remember standing on the sidelines with him in Miami and I had him and Ronnie Brown and they would alternate, and he was like a little kid in Pop Warner football: ‘When are you going to put me in, coach?’ He loves to play,” Saban said. “He was a great competitor. He’s a very smart guy. He’s very bright. So I think he’d be a really good coach. When he gets experience, having him on our staff someday is certainly something we would consider.”

Williams is a running backs coach for FCS University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio. The Cardinals are off to a 2-1 start and visit Sam Houston State this weekend. Through three games the team is rushing for an average of 4.8 yards per attempt and has scored nine rushing touchdowns. Perhaps Williams is already having an impact. According to the school’s football stats archive, Last year the team averaged 3.3 rushing yards per attempt and scored just seven rushing touchdowns all season long.

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15 Responses to “Nick Saban thinks Ricky Williams will be a good coach”
  1. fartsauce says: Sep 18, 2013 6:40 PM

    It’s official. Nick Saban is a pothead.

  2. jc327 says: Sep 18, 2013 6:45 PM

    Yeah Ricky had his troubles, but he was always a great teammate, a 100% player, and a great mentor later on. Very intelligent and his teammates thought the world of him. Most Dolphins fans still love the guy despite the major issues he had for a few years… that should tell you a few things.

  3. ljstud1o says: Sep 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    If Nick were a pothead, he wouldn’t get bent out of shape nearly as much as he does normally. Someone needs to slip him a marijuana brownie right before a game. That would be fun to watch & I’m a Bama fan…

  4. helladonks says: Sep 18, 2013 7:36 PM

    bash on him all you want, but williams “kept it real”. was always up front, spoke his mind, listened. id love to have a drink, or toke, with the dude.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Sep 18, 2013 7:36 PM

    He’s just trying to make suggestions to replace Mack Brown because he has NO desire to come to Texas, no matter how much $$$$ they would offer.

  6. southernpatriots says: Sep 18, 2013 7:50 PM

    Saban knows the personal issues that Ricky had because he was there during the year suspension. He also knows Ricky had a great work ethic and was a superb athlete, maybe one of the best of all time.

    I think thefiesty1 has it correct…Saban is trying to find a coach for Texas once Mack Brown is promoted to AD, so he won’t be approached. Saban does not want to embarrass Texas and turn them down, and they make a huge re-offer, (over $10 million a year?) and Saban turns that down. That would send a strong message that it is not money, but the program that he would not want to be part of.

    But the real key to Saban going anywhere is his wife. Sell his wife and Saban is possible (that is exactly what my late friend–I feel he would agree with that designation– and Alabama AD Mel Moore did).

  7. dmvtransplant says: Sep 18, 2013 8:38 PM

    I do feel sorry for Ricky he retires from the NFL, the next season his team wins the Super Bowl all because Parcells said it was time to move on. I wish him the best and hope he doesn’t bring that weird new age stuff into the locker room.

  8. jarzmel says: Sep 18, 2013 8:56 PM

    Saban never was a bright bulb

  9. barkleyblows says: Sep 18, 2013 8:58 PM

    He would be a perfect coach in the SEC with all the dopers.

  10. Deb says: Sep 18, 2013 9:03 PM

    Love these comments from Saban because there’s so much more to Ricky Williams than many people realize. Think he’ll make an excellent coach.

  11. sfsugator says: Sep 18, 2013 9:44 PM

    I’m not even a fan of Alabama but Saban is a genius and will eventually land Ricky on his staff. Going for a three peat is enough said, not to mention the 4 titles he has already.

  12. vols84 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:01 PM

    Ricky would never leave the coaching ranks in Colorado. It’s 4:20 somewhere in Colorado

  13. afrancis55 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:45 PM

    $aban recruiting staff for his new job at Texas already!

  14. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 18, 2013 11:24 PM

    Does anyone know if players at public universities in Colorado and Washington get tested for marijuana? It is legal in those states and as a public university I’d think they’d have to abide by the state laws. Could be a wonderful recruiting tool.

  15. hitnbombs28 says: Sep 19, 2013 12:03 AM


    Ricky would never leave the coaching ranks in Colorado. It’s 4:20 somewhere in Colorado

    University of the Incarnate Word is in San Antonio

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