Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban couldn’t say enough good things about Jones this morning at his final BCS news conference before leaving town.
“Well, I don’t think that I’ve ever coached a person, a guy that was a better person,” Saban said. “I don’t know one person that doesn’t like him and respect him. But so willing to serve other people, give his time up to go to Haiti or whatever it is. As fine a human being as I’ve ever been around. Actually makes you wonder sometimes even as a coach who’s trying to set a good example for the players, should I be more like him?
“He’s got a 4.0 grade point average, so you really can’t complain much about the kind of student-athlete that he is. He wins the Campbell Award, which I think was very deserving of what he really, as a student-athlete, stands for, and a guy that has been an All-American, an Outland Trophy winner, started at three different positions on three National Championship teams, maybe didn’t start on the first one, but I just can’t remember a player that personally, academically and athletically has ever contributed more than Barrett Jones from a leadership standpoint, from a character standpoint, from how he represents the university, the program, the organization, his family, himself. I mean, you’re talking about a first-class guy.
“If I was a CEO, I would be trying to hire the guy.”