When is Nick Saban most productive?
ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi spent the day in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday to follow around Saban so that we could get a feel of what the four-time national champion coach does while not on the field.
During the segment, Saban was asked which part of the day he was most productive. No, it's not when he's watching film, and no, it's not when he's crunching numbers.
“Probably my most productive hour of the day is the hour before I come here,” he said, talking about the football building. “When I get up, there’s always a lot of issues, problems, a lot of things you’re thinking about, decisions you have to make, and sometimes, I have a hard time with everything happening here (at the office). When I can sit at home, get up, have a cup of coffee, it kind of comes to me. You say, ‘This is all the good stuff, this is all the bad stuff, this is the best thing for us to do,’ taking everything into consideration.”
Saban is the type of guy that will spend countless hours preparing for one aspect of the game. He's known for his incredible determination and work ethic, which I'd assume would be a large factor into why he's so successful. Just a guess though.
In fact, much of his time spent in the office is with his players. He has an open-door policy and treats it as a learning center, where anyone of any position, rank or class can pick his brain.
“I really, in my older age, I don’t yell at players. I don’t get on players,” he said. “They don’t really think this is the principal’s office. A lot of times, there’s teaching done here, lessons are learned. ‘Here’s what you did, here’s the outcome of it. This is how it’s going to affect your future. This might be a better way to do it.’ Sometimes, it’s things we can’t tolerate.
“Sometimes, you bring guys in to tell them what a good job they’re doing for something they did in a positive way. It might be community service, how they affected another player on the team. The meetings in here are not all bad meetings. Most of the time, they’re trying to teach a guy, so he has a better chance of being successful. I don’t know how they feel. I can’t speak for them, but I don’t feel like, when they come in, I’m trying to make them feel bad.”
Alabama will put its 12-game winning streak and BCS title hopes on the line this Saturday night as it welcomes Les Miles' LSU Tigers to Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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