Alabama head coach Nick Saban joined “The Herd” on Thursday to debate the most recent developments in an ever-evolving school soccer panorama and his expectations for each his staff and Heisman-winning quarterback Bryce Younger this season.
Younger, 21, is coming off a formidable 4,872-yard, 47-touchdown season that earned him AP Faculty Soccer Participant of the 12 months and SEC Offensive Participant of the 12 months. Alabama went 13-2 with Younger on the helm, dropping within the CFP Nationwide Championship.
“This man performs the place a little bit bit like a degree guard in basketball,” Saban stated of Younger. “His decision-making, his judgement, his potential to create performs — whether or not he extends the play or whether or not he makes a fast determination — it is nearly like he can see everybody on the sphere, and he is aware of precisely what to do [and] when to do it. … Making fast choices to distribute the ball and be correct with the ball is admittedly essential.
“After I noticed him do a few of these issues in highschool, I stated, ‘This man is totally different.’”
Saban additionally shared his ideas on Texas and Oklahoma becoming a member of the SEC and revealed whether or not he thinks the transfer will disincentivize some groups from including one other massive nonconference sport to the schedule.
“I’ve all the time been an advocate of Energy 5 colleges enjoying Energy 5 colleges,” Saban stated. “I do know that some folks … disagree with that … however I additionally assume that we must be actually involved about fan curiosity. The extra good video games that we play, the extra fan curiosity there’s. I’ve all the time been an advocate of enjoying extra SEC video games and all the time attempting to play someone out of convention that is going to create some fan curiosity.
“The most effective seasons we ever had was the [COVID-19] yr once we performed 10 SEC video games. … I loved that. The competitors was nice. It was tough. We had an excellent staff and we had success. … We did not play any video games that season the place folks weren’t .”
Nick Saban weighs in on Texas and Oklahoma heading to SEC
Colin Cowherd asks Alabama head coach Nick Saban his ideas on the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners shifting to hitch the SEC.
Saban went on to share his philosophy on recruiting and why he continues to make it a precedence at this stage in his profession.
“I realized a very long time in the past [that] I could not coach dangerous gamers to play good, and when I discovered that out I stated, ‘Properly, in the event you’re gonna play in his sport, you higher get some good gamers,'” Saban stated with amusing.
The one factor he’d change right now if he had the possibility? The recruiting calendar.
“I feel once we had the early signing day, lots of people stated, together with myself, that that is going to change into the signing day,” Saban stated. “When that began to happen, all people needed to maneuver the recruiting calendar up. … When you need to make earlier choices on guys … it makes it rather more tough. … I feel the character of soccer being a developmental sport, that lends itself to possibly not giving alternatives to guys who develop later.
“If there was one factor [that] I may change, it most likely can be [to] transfer the recruiting calendar again to what it was and have the signing date be in February. I simply assume we have accelerated the entire course of … and I am unsure that [is] all the time the perfect factor for everybody.”
Alabama is aiming to change into the primary staff for the reason that 2017 Tide to start the season ranked No. 1 and go on to win the nationwide championship that very same season.
That is the fifteenth yr Saban and Alabama have been ranked because the No. 1 staff within the nation sooner or later.
Saban, 70, simply signed an eight-year contract extension with the Crimson Tide value not less than $93.6 million, eclipsing the latest megadeal of Georgia head coach and SEC rival Kirby Sensible (10 years, $110 million). The deal averages out to $11.7 million per yr and can maintain Saban in Tuscaloosa via the 2029 season.
Coming into his sixteenth season at Alabama, Saban boasts a 178-25 file with the Tide.
In his 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Saban has compiled a 274-67-1 (.803) all-time file. His Alabama groups have gained eight SEC championships, whereas Saban has 10 SEC titles to his title (2001 and 2003 at LSU).
Saban has led the Tide to 6 nationwide titles (2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017 and 2020). He additionally gained a nationwide championship as LSU’s head coach in 2003.
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