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Nick Saban (HC Alabama Crimson Tide)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by smitty03, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    SCOTS? Lordy... that's a fun band live. Takes me back a long time. Gimme some Fried Chicken and Gasoline.
  2. OSUK

    OSUK Sometimes lucid, mostly confused

    I think the fact that Alabama has scheduled 4 regular season games outside of their footprint in the last 20 years (3 if you throw out Duke) and played 5 bowl games far from home and comparing that to Ohio State's 12 and 19 says that these two things are not the same - as a simple math issue. So, no, I don't think you can say that about every conference. Alabama doesn't expose themselves to the same kind of opponents in away environments.

    They are allowed to get away with it, and as long as that is the case, I wouldn't do anything different if I were them. But I do think that what they are doing could hurt them when they do have to play an opponent like Clemson and travel to a place like California - because none of the players on their roster have ever done it. And I think it opens Saban up to having part of his legacy be that he never allowed his team to be exposed to that challenge. It is one of the few "but"s in the paragraph that begins, "Nick Saban is the best coach to ever lead a college football program..."
  3. OSUK

    OSUK Sometimes lucid, mostly confused

    I pretty much agree with that.

    It's a big advantage for the SEC and Clemson to have the most Power 5 quality athletes in their back yard. Many of the best ones will want to be close to mama. But there's plenty that don't mind putting some distance between them and home either. Ohio isn't exactly a wasteland that is bereft of talent. PA, NJ, and the DMV have some good football and then you have it in pockets around the Midwest. As long as Ohio State can get a few kids from the south, Texas, and the west coast, I don't think there is any difference in talent that puts Ohio State at a big disadvantage. Clemson and Alabama have recently just been the two teams that have been able to maximize all of their advantages. But it will end. Coaches will leave, scandals will happen, a recruiting class will fail, and then the balance of power will shift.

    I think there are really only a handful of schools that have the history and other factors, that if they get the right coach and culture in place they could become the next Alabama/Clemson: Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, scUM, Penn State, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and USC. Then there are a few teams that are in the next tier that are capable of getting into the top tier: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Michigan State, and Wisconsin - with everything falling into place. I may have missed a couple of schools in that last group, but the playoff teams and national champions will come from that list, and, occasionally, someone off the list will have a magical season.

    But to your point, there is no doubt that Alabama has been in a class by itself for a decade and Clemson has joined them there in the last 5 years. Those two coaches have controlled everything they have control over better than all of the others - but they are human, and the laws of nature will eventually bring them back down to the rest of we mere mortals - and someone else will rise and do it better than everyone else for a while. Saban's greatness is in building it and sustaining it - for 10+ years. I didn't think that was possible. Let's hope Day is the next guy to do it.
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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Nick Saban’s hip-replacement surgery scheduled for Monday


    This past weekend, Nick Saban confirmed that he’ll have hip-replacement surgery at an unspecified time this offseason. Friday, USA Today was the first to report a specific date as the Alabama head coach is set to go under the knife this coming Monday. According to the Tuscaloosa News, the surgery will be performed that morning by Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center.

    The procedure is expected to sideline Saban for a period of 6-8 weeks, a timeline that will allow the coach plenty of time to recuperate and rehabilitate ahead of the start of summer camp in early August.
    The 67-year-old Saban will be entering his 12th season with the Crimson Tide in 2019. “I don’t want to coach for one more year. I want to coach for a lot of more years,” the future College Football Hall of Famer said in explaining his decision to undergo the surgery at this point in time.

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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Nick Saban back at work 48 hours after hip surgery, already putting walker and cane through ‘The Process’

    There’s no stopping Nick Saban. Certainly not a new hip.

    The Alabama head coach, as some around the program no doubt expected, is not taking it easy at all after undergoing right hip replacement surgery on Monday. In fact, not 48 hours later he’s back in business at his office in Tuscaloosa.

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  6. LovelandBuckeye

    LovelandBuckeye You never lose to those pricks. Ever. Ever. - UFM

  7. colobuck79

    colobuck79 tilter of wind*ills

    The devil never rests.
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  8. BigWoof31

    BigWoof31 Senior

    I hate the MF'er, but tip of the hat to Saban. This is a good quote:

  9. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    If Saban had a good surgeon this is no big whoop. Hip replacement is not a BFD.

    Knee surgery, OTOH, is another matter.
    cincibuck and Thump like this.
  10. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Mortal enemy of all things Bucky Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion '18 Keeper League Champ '18 BPCFFB II Champ

    Beg to differ on it being no big deal. That is a seriously violent surgery.....dislocate your hip, saw off the top of your femur, and then hammer in the replacement ball. My wife had hers replaced at age 30 and it was not an easy recovery. Much less doing it at 60+.
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  11. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    But did your wife sell her soul to Satan?
    The prosecution rests, sir!
  12. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    I doubt it, since being married to Fungo gives her a taste of hell on earth.
  13. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Found this clip of Saban after the surgery.

    scarletmike and Thump like this.
  14. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Mortal enemy of all things Bucky Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion '18 Keeper League Champ '18 BPCFFB II Champ

    You kidding? Selling her soul to Satan is a an upgrade for that poor lady.
  15. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

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