Saban: Alabama players must put aside 'clutter'

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 05, 2013

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)
Days after team leaders held a players-only meeting, Alabama coach Nick Saban says the Crimson Tide's performance in Monday's BCS championship will say a lot about whether his players have put aside the ''clutter'' that comes with their success. Saban spoke Saturday at media day for the title game, which pits No. 2 Alabama against No. 1 Notre Dame. Alabama is favored by more than a touchdown. Saban says that two days after the Tide beat LSU in last year's BCS title game, he held a team meeting and told players they were no longer the national champions. He has been pushing his players to be ''all they can be'' since then. That theme came up again this week when Tide players held a meeting because they wanted their teammates to get more focused in practice.
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