Ever since the BCS made it official by including Alabama in the national title game Jan. 7 in Miami, the South Florida newspapers have filled plenty of space about Nick Saban and his return to the area.
Dave George of the Palm Beach Post has written one of the better stories about Saban. It’s fair, and that’s what’s important.
I’m pointing out one particular section Alabama fans might find interesting:
Former Palm Beach Gardens High School coach Chris Davis tells of a campus visit that Saban once made to see former Gator star Avery Young. On a whim, Davis took a different player to join him in greeting Saban at the school parking lot, understanding full well that this one, a 210-pound offensive lineman, had neither the size nor the skills to get a look at Alabama.
“I told coach Saban, ‘This is another of our players. He wears No. 55,’ ” Davis said. “Saban immediately identified the kid and the position he played, left guard. He said, ‘Yeah, you’re the pulling guard. I love the power play. It’s my favorite play in football. I’ve been watching you pull the whole way over here on my iPad while I was watching Avery.’ The whole way to my office, coach Saban could care less about me. He was talking to this kid. It made him feel like a million bucks.”