Nick Saban answers questions about football and college sports

Nick Saban, 7 Titles in, on Offenses, Defenses and Changes in College Sports

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Saban, the 69-year-old Alabama football coach, has a new deal and another national championship. The 15th season of the Crimson Tide taskmaster will begin in Tuscaloosa.

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Alan Blinder

  • August 30, 2021

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Around the time Bear Bryant was building the University of Alabama into a dominant force in college football, Nick Saban was a boy washing cars in West Virginia.

In the 1960s, Saban didn't want to coach football. But he traces the quest for perfectionism that has defined his coaching career to the service station, where his father would make him rinse and scrub automobiles until no streaks could be seen.

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