Hundreds of Nick Saban’s former players and assistants are coaching across the country, including Michigan State boss Mark Dantonio and co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett.
The latter was a Cleveland Browns safety when Saban was a defensive coordinator for Bill Belichick in the ’90s, and he borrowed plenty of ideas from the current Alabama coach.
“He’s an excellent teacher,” he told ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, “if you can muffle out the yelling and screaming.”
Barnett also compared Saban to one of modern cinema’s wisest characters.
“It was like taking notes from Yoda,” Barnett told TimesDaily.com’s Alex Byington.
Alabama faces Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on Thurs., Dec. 31, at 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN).