On Sunday morning, fans got to see a more relaxed side of Nick Saban.
Instead of donning an Alabama polo shirt and his usual disdain for the media, Saban was in a pair of shorts and reminiscing about the past.
In a video with ESPN, Saban is at his lake house on Lake Burton in Georgia and has a chat with Tim Tebow and Marty Smith. As opposed to previewing the Crimson Tide’s upcoming season, he reminisced about the past and what the lake house means to him and his family.
“I think when you get older, you realize that some things are more important than when you were coming up and trying to make a name for yourself,” Saban said. “And you didn’t value the memories as much as you do now.
“I think for everyone out there you have to enjoy the moment.”
The interview was filmed while Saban was on vacation, before Alabama kicked off fall practice. The piece is littered with old photos of Saban and his family enjoying their time on the lake.
Saban also talks about how to get away from football and how the lake house lets him do that.
“The last couple years when I was at Michigan State, I had a philosophical change in approach. I was all about winning and there was a pressure on me and I felt like I had to win all the time. And sometimes I think I affected the team and made them feel that way.
“Then when I got to LSU, I sort of just took everything as one play at a time. And we had a lot more fun and success that way.”
There was minimal talk of the Crimson Tide’s upcoming season. Tebow and Smith never mention the quarterback battle. Instead, the Alabama coach explained why he relentlessly pursues perfection and excellence from his program.
“Growing up, my dad was a perfectionist,” Saban said. “He had high expectations for how we treated other people, how we helped other people. I kind of grew up that if you didn’t do it right, there were going to be consequences to deal with. And it was much easier to do it right the first time.”
At the end of the interview, Saban, Tebow and Smith jump into the lake.
Saban isn’t the only coach with a house on Lake Burton. Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has one, as does Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
No. 1 Alabama opens its season on Saturday, when it will take on the No. 20 Southern Cal Trojans. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.