Over the years, Alabama coach Nick Saban has provided some of the most interesting and memorable quotes in college football.
Long before Saban guided Alabama to a dynasty, the coach grew up as a three-sport athlete in the coal town of Fairmont, W.Va. Apparently, Saban’s knack for coming up with quotable comments started there.
In the second installment of a five-part series, AL.com sifted through newspaper archives to find some quotes from Saban that stood out. Here are some of the best from part two, which features quotes beginning in Saban’s high school career.
Before Saban was handing out offers to 5-star recruits, he received some offers of his own:
“Oh I’ve had a few offers. But I haven’t had any real good ones, not yet anyway.”
Saban on his recruitment coming out of high school. (Beckley Post-Herald, July 20, 1969).
Were you wondering where Saban’s astute attention to detail came from?
“My dad was an SOB, man (laughing). If there was one streak, then it was ‘Wash it again.'” Saban joking about his father, Nick Saban Sr., on the level of detail required washing a car at the family’s service station back in West Virginia.
Saban in a light-hearted moment of reflection (Detroit Free Press, Dec. 25, 1997).
It’s hard to believe this would ever happen with any of Saban’s Alabama teams today.
“Our players don’t want to practice. They haven’t wanted to practice or work since I’ve been here. I’m a practicer and a worker. If somebody gets hurt doing that, I can’t help it. Sometimes I hear players say, ‘If I practice today, I’m going to get hurt and won’t be able to play in the game.’ I’m sick of that.”
Saban said after Michigan State lost 50-10 to No. 2 Nebraska in his first game as Michigan State’s head coach (Indianapolis Star, Sept. 14, 1995).
You can never accuse Saban of not being competitive.
“I get a lump in my throat every time I think how much I’d like to be out there. But I’m supposed to get the cast off in a couple weeks and they’d better put a chain on me. Because I’ll be ready for the Tangerine Bowl.”
Saban after breaking his leg late in the 1972 season (Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 19, 1972).
The upcoming season is sure to provide more colorful commentary from Saban. The Crimson Tide open the 2016 campaign against USC on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas.