With Saban headed back to Baton Rouge for the first time as the Alabama coach in 2008, Bertman made a bold prediction. Saban and Miles had coached against each other only once, but Bertman saw the beginning of a beautiful rivalry. “I’m telling you,” Bertman said. “This game will be a Woody Hayes-Bo Schembechler thing because neither one of them is going anywhere.” Four years later, Bertman looks like a prophet. Saban and Miles haven’t gone anywhere but straight to the top of the college football world.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is not grumbling. “If we would’ve had a bye week before LSU, we would’ve gone from Oct. 6 to Nov. 10 without having a home game,” Saban said. “Those were the choices.” Only Alabama and Florida will play both Texas A&M and Missouri next fall. On Oct. 13, the Crimson Tide will visit Missouri. Alabama will play host to Texas A&M on Nov. 10.
Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square was asked about it Thursday. “That is very surprising,” Square said. “I think he had it misunderstood. I think Santa Claus was scared of him.”
Nick Saban met with reporters for the first time in three weeks to talk Alabama, LSU and the BCS Championship Game. The Crimson Tide will meet the Tigers in a rematch on Jan. 9 in New Orleans. Alabama hopes to avenge its 9-6 overtime loss to LSU on Nov. 5. So what did Saban say. Click here for a brief synopsis filed moments after Saban finished speaking. Or watch the video in its entirety.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – After a two-week absence, freshman running back Dee Hart is back at practice with the Alabama football team. See for yourself in this video. Hart is No. 1. Hart had been recovering from July knee surgery, but he recently took a leave of absence to deal with personal problems, according to coach Nick Saban.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban spoke with reporters Monday to preview Alabama and Auburn. The Crimson Tide travels to face the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA – With 20 commitments to date, Alabama is getting close to putting the finishing touches on its 2012 signing class. Some elite high school seniors remain targets, but three of the remaining scholarships could go to junior college transfers Travell Dixon, Daniel McCullers and Deion Belue.
TUSCALOOSA – Nick Saban had his hands full this week, preparing his players to face a Georgia Southern triple-option offense that the Crimson Tide hadn’t previously seen. But the University of Alabama’s football coach may have had a bigger challenge in defending his players’ emotions as Friday night faded into Saturday morning. When Iowa State knocked off BCS No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State in double overtime late Friday night on ESPN, Alabama re-entered the BCS Championship Game discussion. That’s when UA players took to Twitter to paint a picture of the scene at the Hotel Capstone, where the team stays the night before home games.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban has proven to be worth his weight in bronze. Alabama’s 45-21 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday secured another 10-win season for the Crimson Tide, its fourth straight in Saban’s fifth season.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Consider the leap of faith they took just days after learning the name of Alabama’s new head coach. Their signatures became a five-year bond to a man they barely knew. Nick Saban joined the Crimson Tide after he replaced Mike Shula in January 2007. After 10 days of evaluation, he spent almost a month on the road in a recruiting blitz. “We had to hire another pilot, because they wore the two we had out putting that class together going all over the place,” Saban said. “Now they won’t let me go any place and we’ve got three pilots sitting around because they’ve got nothing to do.”
TUSCALOOSA – Some recruiting classes at Alabama have been bright constellations. The class of 2008 was and is a twinkling galaxy. “Those guys to this point have won 45 games,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “That’s probably as many as anybody around here has ever won in their career. I don’t know the stats. I don’t look at that stuff.”
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Nick Saban spoke with reporters Wednesday to preview Alabama’s game against Georgia Southern on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide’s home finale of 2011 is slated to kick off at 1 p.m., and will be shown on pay-per view. So what did Alabama’s fifth-year coach say? Here’s a brief synopsis of his talking points. Or you can watch the video for the full press conference.
Alabama played the Nittany Lions the past two season, including a trip to State College, Pennsylvania, in September. The Crimson Tide won 27-11 at Penn State. “I don’t really think it’s for me to say what his legacy is or to judge anyone or anything about him,” Saban said. “His record speaks for itself as a football coach.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Last Thursday, rumors flared that Alabama true freshman Dee Hart was no longer with the team. Three times in the past two weeks, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban has discussed Hart’s status at Alabama. Saban has said Hart is coping with personal issues, and until he straightens out those issues he will not practice. Last week on his radio program, Saban said he looked forward to working with Hart in the future.