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Posnanski long-forms Saban and ‘the process’

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Thanks to annual top-ranked recruiting classes… and three of the last four BCS titles… and BCS titles at two different SEC school, Alabama’s Nick Saban is always amongst the most-discussed individuals involved in the game of college football.

Thanks to the events of this week, Saban’s name is once again at the forefront.

Just as they did earlier in the season, reports surfaced connecting Saban to a Texas job that’s not even vacant.  While Saban has again pledged his commitment to Alabama, the UT chatter continues and shows no signs of slowing much if at all for the foreseeable future.  Of course, the latest rumor mill rumblings came as the Tide prepares for LSU, a game that will go a long way in determining if Saban’s squad will get a shot at an unprecedented third straight BCS title.

Keeping with the “All Saban, all the time” theme,‘s Joe Posnanski penned an exceptional long-form look at the Alabama head coach and his famed “process,” a way of coaching that saw its genesis with his beloved father, simplified by a psychiatrist during his time at Michigan State, and helped turn the Tide into a modern-day dynasty that’s the envy of football programs across the country.

Click HERE for Posnanski’s “Big Read” on Saban; it’ll be worth your time.

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13 Responses to “Posnanski long-forms Saban and ‘the process’”
  1. halbert53 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:27 PM

    Saban is probably just wishful thinking by Longhorns. Any coach staying too long at the same job is going to have some lean years. OU, OSU, TT, Baylor, A&M all have relatively young coaches. Saban would be at his age a great stop-gap coach anywhere but then you have to replace a legend. Not that I want to see him leave but if I was going to hire a new HC at UT I’d hire Hugh Freeze from Ole Miss. Anyone who can land a top recruiting class in Oxford can do wonders in Austin. Has wins over UT and LSU this season.

  2. floridacock says: Nov 8, 2013 3:53 PM

    You will know Saban is gone, when he is gone. Hate to have that hanging over my head as a fan.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 8, 2013 4:34 PM


    I see your Hugh Freeze and raise you an Art Briles.

    Anyone who can win a Heisman at Baylor an have that perennial doormat in the BCSNC picture could do wonders at a program like UT.

  4. Deb says: Nov 8, 2013 8:30 PM

    It’s not a problem, floridacock. A lot of us were born during the Bryant era–he was the only figure we’d ever seen on the sidelines for most of our lives. I’ve never watched an Alabama game, read an article, pulled on a team shirt without thinking of the Bear. When you’ve buried someone so much larger than life, you can handle the comings and goings of ordinary coaches … no matter how extraordinarily talented they may be.

  5. halbert53 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:56 PM

    Briles would be good choice from UT perspective. But, any HC who goes from one school to be HC at another conference school is going to have serious loyalty issues because to elevate UT he would have to tear down what he has built at Baylor. Pretty much any HC with integrity is not going to accept a job as HC at another conference school. So while I admire Briles as a coach, I think he would lose a lot of respect by jumping ship to go to work for a conference rival even though he otherwise would be exceptionally qualified.

  6. naha36 says: Nov 9, 2013 12:23 AM

    UT has a coach!

  7. louhudson23 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:05 AM

    Coaches move up,not down. Saban is already at the top and rising.

  8. halbert53 says: Nov 9, 2013 5:28 AM

    UT may have someone in a chair but UT does not have a coach. If they did, UT would not have the No. 3 or 4 football program in the state of Texas. UT has more financial resources for its football program than any other university and is centrally located in one of the three best states for recruits as well as being in the Sunbelt. UT should be a consistent Top 10 program with all the advantages it has and even in down years should never be out of the Top 20. Any coach should be successful there, but thru have to be a coach and not simply be occupying a chair.

  9. dhardy8207 says: Nov 9, 2013 9:46 AM

    Great coach and #3 on the list of MOST charitable coaches in college football. He and his wife invest time and money into supporting the community and that is why BAMA fans love and respect the man. If I recall correctly he has donated funds to the April 2011 tornadoe victims enough to rebuild several homes destroyed that were underinsured or no insurance. One can never go wrong investing back into the communities that support you…

    Roll Tide…..

  10. greggatx says: Nov 9, 2013 1:59 PM

    To bad the aggies are No. 5 or 6 in the State of Texas. They will always be in their big sister’s shadow. Even in their new weaker conference they can not win. johnny is leaving at the end of this mediocre season and now Sumlin is bolting.

    That’s why he should take the next step up. Texas would be an improvement and a step up.

  11. halbert53 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    If A&M is No. 5 or 6 in state of Texas, that would put UT down around No. 15, just behind UTSA and Texas State. But I forgot about Kilgore College. UT should be the best FB program in Texas but their arrogant attitude exemplified by you has them sucking wind.

  12. halbert53 says: Nov 9, 2013 3:57 PM

    Ole Miss, a bottom tier team in the SEC West (A&M’s “new weaker conference”) beat UT in Austin. If UT is an upper echelon team in Big 12, sounds like Big 12 is pretty weak outside Baylor.

  13. greggatx says: Nov 11, 2013 12:05 AM

    Yup, that is funny since we are in frist place in the Big 12. The aggies? Well they are in third place. The only team better that Texas in the State of Texas is possibly Baylor and we will find out on Dec. 7th who is the better team.
    As far as the aggies are concerned they got tired of being beaten by Texas (76-35-5) and other Texas and Big 12 teams and went whimpering off to the sc and are still a marginal 4th place team. And the great powerful aggies (hahaha) could barely beat sc bottom tier team by 10 points.

    Really we don’t even consider the aggies a Texas team anymore.

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