They slip him in the back like Elvis, surrounded by an entourage of serious-looking men in dark suits and red ties.
Nick Saban entered the Wynfrey Hotel through a service elevator that went straight from a parking deck to a kitchen on the second floor. When he finally entered the hallway for his SEC Media Days obligations, the circus began.
Saban showed no hint of surprise when 15 TV cameramen surrounded him and spotlights flooded his path. One of the cameramen walked backward, showing remarkable dexterity as he filmed and backpedaled without tripping over anything or anyone. Between television shoots and entering the grand ballroom where he took questions from print and Internet media, Saban was trailed by no fewer than 30 local reporters attempting to film or record his every step and utterance.
And this was in a restrictive area for credentialed media only.
By contrast, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin meandered through the Wynfrey unmolested just minutes before Sabans...