The three faces of Nick

There’s Nick Saban, detail wonk on the recruiting trail:

“We have a scale 1-5 for let’s say linebacker, 6′3″ may be a one, 6′2″ a two, and you go right down the scale, also you have a weight criteria that is on the same scale and then you have a speed criteria that is on the same scale,” Saban said. “So, if we had a 5′11″ linebacker for example and the number one scale was 240 and the running speed was 4.6 and he was 5′11″, 240, 4.6, he is a 5-1-1, which is 7 divided by 3. Because he overcomes his size with great speed and has the weight, he ends up being a guy that is a potential prospect, as long as you go to the position criteria and he ranks very highly, because he has to overcome a deficiency.”


Then, there’s Nick Saban, the most powerful coach… not just in the SEC… not just in college football… but the most powerful coach in sports, per Forbes.

… But in Tuscaloosa, which was desperate to return to national football prominence, Saban, 56, was a savior, welcomed with an open wallet. Saban, with his agent, James E. Sexton II, negotiated an eight-year, $32 million contract that was, at the time, the highest salary ever paid to a college coach. It remains among the highest and is bigger than all but a handful of NFL coaching salaries. His deal includes, among other perks, 25 hours of private use of a university airplane, two cars and a country club membership, extras that make his annual compensation closer to $5 million a year, estimates Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist. He can leave the school at any time without financial penalty, a rarity in big-time college coaching contracts.

What’s more, he was given total control of the football program: recruiting, coaching, business administration and public relations. There are coaches at other universities who have similar salaries, like Charlie Weis at Notre Dame and Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California. But no coach, including those in the professional leagues, can match Saban’s combination of money, control and influence. Saban, now entering his second year as the coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, is the most powerful coach in sports.

But there’s a softer side to Saban, as well.  From p. 183 of The Blind Side, this story of his visit to Michael Oher’s home:

Then [Saban] looked around, as if soaking in every last detail of the Olde English and Country French furnishings, and said, “What a lovely home.  I just love those window treatments.”  I just love those window treatments. He didn’t say, “I just love the way you put together the Windsor valances with the draw drapes,” but he might as well have…

LMAO.  Of course, he checked out of LSU three weeks later, but the memory lingered, I’m sure.



Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, Nick Saban Rules

4 responses to “The three faces of Nick

  1. NebraskaDawg

    It’s easier just to recruit the top 1% of 1% like Urban than to have a complicated formula. Also he has no depth chart but it takes an engineer to figure out his recruiting. Alabama basically sold their soul to Satan … oops I mean Saban in a desperate attempt to win at all costs.


  2. capstonereport

    All coaches evaluate talent—they don’t just pick the top 1% of the 1% based on Rivals or Scout. What Saban was kind enough to do for the press is explain how he evaluates talent, and how a player with a seeming deficiency could overcome it. It is interesting because Saban has the reputation of being one of the best recruiters in the nation.

    As for the window treatments, LOL.


  3. RicoSuaveGreenville

    All I know is the only time I even think about pulling for Clemson is when they play Tech. This year, though, on August 30, I’ll be pulling for them. I want the Bammers to have 4 losses going into their game with the State Dogs and I willing to listen to the Clemmers and their ACC swill to get there.


  4. Carruthers

    Eff that, roll tide! I hate auburn with a lake, and I especially don’t want them getting a big win in a season where we are all afraid that they might not take their characteristic four game in a row stumble.