Florida coach Jim McElwain was on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama for three years, so there’s some familiarity with how one of the greatest coaches in college football history has run his program.
While at Alabama, McElwain, who was the offensive coordinator, won two national championships. So is there any secret as to why Alabama has been so successful over the years?
“There really aren’t any secrets. There are qualities that take a lot of discipline,” McElwain said at his press conference on Friday. “The magical secret is he has been able to move an entire organization in nine years that was floundering around when he got there and made them into one of the best college football programs. He has been able to motivate them to do that.”
In his nine years at Alabama, Saban has won 85 percent of his games, won three national championships, five division titles, coached 19 consensus All-Americans and one Heisman Trophy winner.
Before Saban got to Alabama, the Crimson Tide won a national championship in 1992. It’s fair to say Saban has turned Alabama into one of the greatest programs in all of sports.