Sandestin, FL--Does racking up multiple national championships give Alabama's Nick Saban the chance to slow down a bit, and enjoy the latest title even a bit more than the previous two?
Tuesday at the SEC spring meetings I was able to ask coach Saban that question, and if he's learned to savor the title a bit longer before getting back to the grind of coaching at such an elite level. Saban says just the opposite is true.
"When you're young and dumb and you win a championship, you think it's time to celebrate and you're entitled to not having to do some of the things you've done in the past," says coach Saban. "But then you get your butt whipped the next year because you've become the target for everybody you kind of feel like you know, we better get it right. The players better understand that this next year is a different kind of a challenge. And I think it's one of the most challenging things, probably, in business or anything else, that when you have success one year, you try to duplicate it the next. And I think that's one of the reasons why there are very few people that repeat championships."
Thursday we'll hear Saban's thoughts on the transition, both mental and physical, that awaits Arnold's Eddie Williams and other blue chip recruits who are soon to head up to Tuscaloosa.