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IMHO a large part of "the process" for Saban is staying at the top. "The process" is not limited to the climb up the mountain.
What makes coaching different from business? No one that is successful better sit around and get complacent because in business (just like coaching) the competition wants to be successful as well.
The OP has it wrong. There is NO mountain in the process!!!! There is always another game. Fans sit on mountaintops but Saban is going through the exact same process as year 1. It doesn't matter if you are chasing or being chased. That is for motivational speeches. The process all culminates in the same thing everyday, "Do your job!" Do your job with effort. Do your job with discipline. Do your job with commitment. Do your job with intensity.
On January 8th Saban will have a bunch of men that have never climbed or fought for a championship. That is what keeps him coming back to the college game.
This post was edited by gatider12 16 months ago
Outstanding post OP. +1
Saban is driven by establishing a legacy and influencing young men and BEING ONE with his community. One doesn't do that by changing jobs over and over. He and Terry are on the same page. He is NOT driven by all the things the media (ESPECIALLY the non-SEC, non-Alabama media who would like NOTHING else than to see CNS leave Alabama, because Alabama at the top is "boring" to them with CNS in charge given our winning ways) wants us to believe (money, power, "conquering the NFL", etc.). Those are worldly hangups that others are trying to put on him. He's a spiritual man, and believes in more than that. Life is more than that. The tornados changed him and Terry and their family FOREVER and left an indelible mark upon all of them. They are Tuscaloosa natives now, and they are COMPLETELY invested in Tuscaloosa, their church, the University of Alabama, AND yes, the Alabama football team. He will NOT leave until he is DONE coaching, and that will be a long, long, long time from now...
Stop fretting people. Get some thick skin and understand what the media is trying to do to "us"...
1960 Les Paul
Probably the most well written post I've ever read on here. Great job and it was spot on.
Man ESPN trolled the hell out of the Bama Nation! At this point, some people won't be convinced. He has said he is retiring at Alabama. His wife just said that they are retiring at Alabama. They both have said repeatedly how happy they are in college football generally and at Alabama specifically. He even signed a contract extension and in those talks were discussions about him staying at Alabama beyond his current contract and working in some other capacity for the athletic department. Yet, without fail, we go through this every year. One guy writes a piece of crap story that is factually inaccurate and we are all bent out of shape over nothing. ESPN needs a story when there is nothing else to talk about? Poke the Alabama fan base, step back, and enjoy the show.
Well said. Coach Saban has resurrected my old Bama self from the 60-70s in time for me to enjoy it before becoming a very old guy. For that i will always be forever grateful. I will also never hold a grudge if he leaves Bama (which i certainly hope he doesnt).
So are you saying the opposite of the process, resting on your laurels, is flawless?
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