After playing hooky a week ago to watch baseball, the Nick Saban radio show live blog is back again this week. Here’s what you’re missing:
- The April 27 tornado has as much of an impact on Saban’s life as any other event in 59-plus years
- Favorite stadium in the SEC? You guessed it. Bryant-Denny Stadium. Not a bad seat in the house, he said.
- The ESPN behind the scenes peek “Training Days” went well last season, Saban said. He didn’t have any issues.
- ESPN asked for a game week. Saban offered a non-conference game. Network wanted an SEC game. No show.
- Pep talk for fans: There’s a lot more still to come. Each game, one at a time. Your attitude matters.
- Every game is tough.
- Third downs (subject of tomorrow’s print story) are more important than most people think, Saban said.
- Saban likes to find “good young guys” for assistant coaching jobs who love the game, then get them to grow up in your system. See Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher, Kirby Smart.
- Home crowd in Arkansas was as good as any, Saban said.
- Fans didn’t realize how much of an impact they made against Arkansas.
- Caller from Arkansas hyping quarterback recruit. Host Tom Roberts cuts caller off before he can use a name. NCAA recruiting rules are strange.
- Tight ends Michael Williams and Brad Smelley are maybe a little better receivers than TEs of the past, Saban said.
- Saban’s son bought an iPod and filled it with the Who, Zeppelin, the Eagles.
- Every game with Ole Miss has been “tough” Saban said of the previous four with Alabama.
- “This team has a lot of capable players,” he said of the Rebels.
- On running back Jalston Fowler: “Nobody like to hit him. He’s a load.”
- On Nick Gentry: He’s most effective as a relief pitcher-style defensive lineman. His quickness makes him an excellent pass rushers.
- “When guys don’t do the right thing, they need to be corrected.”
- The worst thing that can happen, is winning when you play bad, Saban said.
- Questioner asks about clearing injured player to play. “Can you play, can you do your job?” is the question Saban asks player. Make a mature decision, he tells them, because you can’t hurt the team.
- “I don’t care what the doc says,” it’s what the player says.
- Saban says you can see how average this team can look if you watched the first half of last week’s Vanderbilt game.
- Friend of the blog Chris Walsh of BamaOnLine is the media guest. He asks excellent questions. Seriously.
- “Maybe we should have the trainer on the radio show,” Saban said about injuries.
- Offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio had surgery today, Saban said. The older brother of Cyrus Kouandjio had a knee injury all season.
- On leaders, “Rolando McClain was one of the few guys who could affect the entire team.”
- Favorites to coach: Javier Arenas, Rashad Johnson, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson.
- Guys on this team are good guys.
- That wasn’t the case in 2007 when there were several suspensions “and could have been more,” Saban said. Interesting.
- Kicker Cade Foster is kicking under the ball a little bit on kickoffs, keeping the ball from going into the end zone for a touchback. He was special teams player of the week because he had three tackles.
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