Found August 27, 2013 on BlackSportsOnline:
Florida-alabama
Nick Saban got candid recently for a GQ article, and that honesty may end up getting him a few more harshly titled nicknames like maniac pathological or lunatic. Saban has a manic drive to win, and that drive was put on display during a recent GQ article in which the leader of Crimson Tide Nation, was upset that the hoopla involved in the buildup to the BCS title game against LSU “cost him a week of recruiting.” The story is this: A few days after Alabama beat LSU to win the 2012 national championship, Rumsey and Saban were on the phone together. Most of their conversations take place precisely between 7:12 A.M. and 7:17 A.M., when Saban calls as he drives to work. But this call happened to be in the afternoon. The two men almost never discuss football—Rumsey is the rare Tuscaloosan who doesn’t know or care much about the game, which, he suspects, has something to do with why he and Saban have become friends. But given that his golf buddy had just won the national championship, Rumsey figured he ought to say a few words of congratulations. So he did, telling Saban his team had pulled off an impressive win. “That damn game cost me a week of recruiting,” Saban grumbled into the phone. Rumsey at first thought he’d misheard. He asked for clarification. Saban repeated himself. He just knew that while he was preparing for the title game, enduring all the banquets and media ******** that came with it, some other coach was in the living room of one of his recruits, trying to flip the kid. The thought was making him crazy. Rumsey pointed out that Saban and his team had just been on national television before millions of people—including, most likely, every high school recruit in the country—and reminded Saban that they had won the national championship. “I said, ‘I’m not sure, but I think that helped you,’” Rumsey recalled. “And he said, ‘I just don’t know. Maybe. Maybe that was good.’” Saban for all his manic ways, believes he’s misunderstood. “I think I’m pretty misunderstood, because I’m not just about football,” he says. “I almost feel like I’m not that way at all.”
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ with Bear Bryant and Nick Saban (pic)

An establishment Tuscaloosa, Ala. has combined arguably one of most well-known pieces of art from the Renaissance and two of the most-beloved figures in Alabama Crimson Tide football lore. Yep, at the Druid City Brewing Co. there is a re-creation, done in chalk, of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” (above), which serves as the central […]The post Michelangelo’s ‘The...

Nick Saban eats oatmeal cream pies for breakfast every day

By all indications, Alabama coach Nick Saban is a physically fit individual. If you didn’t know how old he was, you would have trouble guessing 61 just by looking at him. While that is not surprising considering he is the best coach in college football, it becomes a bit more puzzling when you hear about […]

Depth Chart As Issued By Alabama

Very early in the Nick Saban era at Alabama – like before the beginning of his first spring practice – we learned that Saban does not use a depth chart, at least not in the very public way that some coaches do. We did learn that on the Monday prior to the opening game of the season that he will give reporters a depth chart. Another depth chart will be issued prior to a bowl game.

Bama Bar Mural Shows Bear Bryant and Nick Saban As God And Adam (Photo)

Alabama fans love their Crimson Tide football, and the one thing they may love more than the team, is the coach of the team. The Druid City Brewing Co in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the creator of the large mural painting that shows legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant, and current legend, Nick Saban relaxing as God and Adam would in heaven. For a nice fee, you can get shirts, hats,...

God and Adam? No, that’s Bear Bryant and Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa

The chalkboard drawing of legendary coaches Bear Bryant and Nick Saban depicted as God and Adam can be found at Druid City Brewing Co. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Where else?

2013 NCAA football quiz

The waiting ends on Thursday night as college football returns. Questions abound: Will Nick Saban and Alabama roll to another national title?; Will Johnny Manziel repeat as Heisman Trophy winner, or for that matter, will he be around for the season; Will the SEC continue to dominate? To get everyone ready for kickoff, we've put together a college football quiz to get everyone...

Column: Could Bama be in for a big surprise?

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist There's not a lot to like about it, maybe because it seems so inevitable and Nick Saban always seems so crabby. Root for Alabama to win a third straight national title in football? Please, let's just get it done and move on to 2014 when Saban will still be crabby but at least the BCS will be no more. Yes, Saban...

Report: Nick Saban Was Pissed That National Championship Game ‘Cost Me a Week of Recruiting’

Winning the national championship is every college football coach’s goal at the start of each season — whether realistic or not. But the guy who has won the last two national titles apparently doesn’t like how time consuming it can be. Nick Saban has led Alabama to back-to-back national titles and hoisted three of the last four crystal balls in college football. But while...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide

Roll Tide … Does this sound familiar? It should on the premise that every year, Alabama seems to be in the picture as the team to beat or at least present as a legitimate contender for a national championship. Nick Saban has redefined the college football landscape as he has become the dominant figure of […]The post The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide...

Kirk Hebstreit: ‘Defenses are practicing faking injuries’

In recent years up-tempo offenses have spread like wildfire across college football. Oregon and Auburn get a lot of credit for bringing it to major college football and coaches like Will Muschamp and Nick Saban have spoken about the difficulties in stopping it. Now Kirk Herbstreit believes that defenses will go to extremes to slow down these high powered offenses: “There’s nothing...

5 things to know about Week 1 of college football

Now that the latest bit of Johnny Football drama has been settled, the college football season can start with five days of games to satisfy fans who have been craving competition since Nick Saban was raising a crystal football in south Florida and trying to look as if he was having a good time. The season starts, as always, with more mismatches than marquee games, but that's...

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, Mark Stoops, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us. How Soon is Now? Reports suggest that the NCAA will be concluding its investigation of Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel "soon," and possibly as early as Wednesday. (Team Speed Kills) It's been a while. Andrew Gribble looks at the past four years between...

College Fantasy Football: Not Top Ten, 2013 Preseason Edition

Each week, Breese takes a look back at the good, bad and ugly from the previous week's college fantasy football action... as only he can.  Here is his preseason special.2013 Preseason Not Top Ten10. 2 = 0Pick a damn quarterback. I'm looking at you Indiana, NC State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 9. Voter FraudSEC coaches didn't...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.