Written by: Eran McGregory
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Who is the best college football coach in this era alone? That would be Nick Saban. This man has accomplished so much in this lifetime; 218 games, six national championships, nationally ranked class every year at number 1, how can you stop this man from achieving greatness? The answer...you can’t. Saban has been called a god of college football for a reason and at 67, he’s not slowing down just yet.
I’m a Louisville fan; two years ago, the university announced that we were playing against Alabama in the first game of the 2018 season. Honestly, I wasn’t to be happy about playing against Alabama; I knew that we weren’t going to survive this game because Alabama is just a team that does not stop and does not lay down for any team in the country. Plus, I knew we were going to get our butts kicked anyway. Unfortunately, we got our butts handed to us; the score was 51-14. The most embarrassing lost in their program history; ever since then that game, Louisville’s record stands at 2-8.
The thing that I respect about Nick Saban is he doesn’t mess around when it comes to discipline. He will literally get in a player’s face if the player missed a defensive or offensive assignment, and the players respond to it. His mentality is always about winning and making sure that his players are ready to go as soon as the team gets on the field. Here’s a quote that he said about being prepared and continuing to have success; “To me it takes a completely different mindset to stay successful as opposed to what you have to do to build something to be successful.”
Wow; he might be the best coach of all time. It’s still amazing to me of how he gets everybody on the team to connect with each other; everybody makes sacrifices on that team in order to make the team be great and as a college football fan; I must respect that. It’s not easy controlling 18 to 22-year old's, but he has a system that the players abide by and they followed it very well, that’s why Alabama is successful because of him. He gets players to the NFL draft every year (most by any school).
He is amazing at recruiting and probably the best in the country. When he tells certain recruits that if they come to Alabama, it might be a possibility that the player may have to redshirt, and a lot of recruits don’t have a problem with it because they know that they are not playing their first year. Certain recruits want to play right away; but, for Alabama recruits, they know what comes with the territory and earning a chance to play for the best college football program in the country. You must give a lot of credit to Saban; ever since he came to Alabama in 2007, he has been unstoppable as far as winning multiple championships and games, he’s also a great motivator and he gets these kids to buy in into the program for where they can succeed and go on to have great NFL careers.
At age 67, there’s been times where he has been asked how much longer he can do this; “You know, I really don’t have any — I enjoy what I’m doing. And I don’t have some — I mean, what scares me more than to continue to coach is, what do you do if you don’t? I mean, I really enjoy what I’m doing, I enjoy the relationships with the players, I enjoy the competition and challenges of trying to maintain a high level of organization. I’ve been a part of a team for God knows how many years, since I was nine years old and been the leader of a team for what, probably 20-something years now.
He enjoys it so much that he’s addicted, can’t get enough of it; that's how it is if you can’t stop winning and he wants to keep going until he can’t do it anymore. When it is all set and done, he will go down as the best college football who ever lived. Right now, he is aiming at championship number six and is planning to keep that foot on gas pedal until he gets that championship. This season may be one for the history books if the team keeps winning and coach Nick Saban is going to do whatever it takes to get each win for as long as he coaches.