Posted August 25, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02: Kick returner Javier Arenas #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with head coach Nick Saban after Arenas scored on a 73-yard punt return in the second quarter against the Utah Utes during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The relationship between Alabama coach Nick Saban and his quarterback, AJ McCarron, was once best known for a spanking and a sideline tirade, both captured on camera. Now, McCarron says it's more like a ''second Dad and son type thing.'' The BCS championship game MVP is a driven perfectionist who loathes even small mistakes in practice. Dad No. 2 can relate. ''That's why our relationship's so special, I think,'' the quarterback said. ''We talk about everything.'' The bond has evolved since McCarron arrived in Tuscaloosa, three years and two national championships ago. Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker said Saban and McCarron are ''just like brothers.'' McCarron is no longer the precocious teenager to whom Saban delivered a hard swat on the backside after an ill-conceived pass against Mississippi State in 2010. (YouTube views: 115,000-plus). He hasn't tried to chase down any opposing defensive lineman since a late hit against Florida when his reaction drew a furious on-camera expletiv...
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