It is no longer news that Nick Saban is an SOB.
People have known it for years, even before the Miami Dolphins sent around a memo warning employees not to make smalltalk with him. It is part of his charm. From the outside, we never even see the man smile.
"Neither do we,'' Alabama running back Eddie Lacy said Thursday. "He smiles randomly. I'm not going to be the guy to try to make him smile.''
He said that as if it would be like poking a bear. Or making smalltalk with a Saban. But the smile is possible, and Lacy has seen it? What makes it happen?
"I have no idea,'' Lacy said. "It's random.''
The thing is, this is Nick Saban happy, certainly happier than when he was the coach of the Dolphins, losing and making his own players cry.
It's just not easy to tell. Meanwhile, Alabama and Notre Dame have arrived in Florida for Monday night's BCS Championship Game, and the Saban speculation is already building.