Why Are We Seeing So Much of Saban?
It's certainly not a bad thing. We're all starving for every bit of sports content we can find right now.
But this is uncharted territory in a variety of ways. When was the last time we've seen coach Nick Saban so much?
He's everywhere right now. Talk shows, Twitter, Zoom chats.
As with any other year, we saw a lot from Saban around the NFL Draft. He had nine players selected in the draft, all within the first three rounds (10 if you count Jalen Hurts.) Naturally, leading up to and following the draft Saban spoke on his players many times, praising them and letting teams know what kind of player their organization is bringing in.
Any other year, the next time we'd hear from Saban would be during Spring practices. As we all know, those were cancelled.
After that would have been the SEC Spring meetings. Again, cancelled.
Although Saban isn't avoiding of the media, it certainly would have been, at least on a surface level, understandable if Saban kept things quiet after the draft and allowed this pandemic to play itself out with the rest of us.
Saban doesn't take off days, but he can work in silence. But that's not the route he's chosen during this bizarre time. But why?
Let's look at what Saban has done the past few weeks.
First was visiting 103-year-old World War II veteran and lifelong Crimson Tide fan Major Wooten via FaceTime.
A sweet thing to do, frankly. It showed off some of that human side of coach we've been seeing more and more of lately. While it certainly wasn't the entire intention of the call, it does bring good publicity. Not that anyone is going to forget who runs the college football world any time soon, staying in the public eye positively is a major key to an effective program under Nick Saban.
We next saw coach giving his thoughts on The Last Dance, specifically one of the most memorable moments in the docu-series: Michael Jordan explaining his intensity in pursuit of victory.
This was very out of the ordinary, wasn't it? Saban commenting on a pop culture event. Sure, it's easily relatable to Saban's program. Still, his comments seemed to project his coaching philosophies to the public. A cool insight we usually don't get to experience.
The next day, Saban made the rounds again for ESPN and 247Sports.
He first joined Scott Van Pelt, detailing his comments from the Jordan video. He also explained how his entire schedule has been changed because of the pandemic. Saban would usually be in the heat of recruiting right now.
The next one for 247Sports is the tell-all when these are brought together.
It's recruiting. It's always recruiting.
Showing the human side of coach Saban: recruiting.
Projecting "The Process," coaching mentality and the pursuit of victory: recruiting.
Showing his face on ESPN and doing both, yet again: recruiting.
The restrictions on recruiting should have been crippling. Instead, as Saban mentioned to 247Sports, more recruits are making commits early than ever before to secure a spot to fight the unknown.
Arguably the most underrated aspect of college football that plays to Saban's personality better than the NFL does is the constant attempt to improve. The turnover in college football makes for a constant battle to be better than the other 129 teams every single day.
And give credit to Saban and his recruiting staff. The four four-star recruits to commit the Tide so far are special guys and could move up to five-stars by next Spring. And there's always more on the way.
We say it a lot under normal circumstances. But now more than ever, trust the process.
Because Saban is always working. He's always recruiting.
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