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September 9, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The hard-hitting news business gets a little softer every day. Remember that parlor game of telephone? Someone whispers a phrase into someone's ear and it gets whispered down a line and comes out completely different at the end? Well, that's not supposed to happen at places such as  Sports Illustrated , which got duped on a joke about Nick Saban reportedly leaving Alabama for Texas. The headline on the "SI Wire" site read "Report: Nick Saban to visit Texas. " That was followed by copy suggesting Saban might be a replacement for embattled Texas Coach Mack Brown.
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January 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Lane Kiffin is back in college football. The former USC head coach has been hired as Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban announced Friday. "We are excited to have Lane join our staff," Saban said in a statement on Alabama's website. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called.
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September 11, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Alabama Coach Nick Saban addressed the Yahoo allegations that one of his star former players, D.J. Fluker, received impermissible benefits while attending college. Saban on the Yahoo article: “I didn't read the article, I just came from practice. I know [Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle] has already made comment on the story. I will say from an administrative standpoint, our people do a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best programs in what we try to do to help our players make good choices and good decisions when it comes to agents.
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December 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Settle down, Alabama fans, it looks like Coach Nick Saban isn't going anywhere, at least if you believe quarterback AJ McCarron. “I messed with coach, saying he's getting too old to start up again somewhere else,” McCarron said on ESPN's "College Football Daily" on Thursday. “He told me he's not leaving. And I know Miss Terry [Saban's wife] well enough. She runs that house. And she's not allowing coach to leave either. I think he'll be at the University of Alabama for a little while.” Rumors have been rampant in the last couple of weeks that Saban would be leaving Alabama to take the head coaching job at Texas.
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January 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Lane Kiffin is back in college football. The former USC head coach has been hired as Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban announced Friday. "We are excited to have Lane join our staff," Saban said in a statement on Alabama's website. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called.
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December 17, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It seems unlikely that Ron Jaworski will be rooting for Alabama against Notre Dame in the BCS title game on Jan. 7. And it's definitely unlikely that Jaworski wants to ever be in the same room with Alabama Coach Nick Saban. Saban's name is one that comes up frequently when it comes to college coaches making the jump to the NFL next season. Saban coached the Miami Dolphins for a couple of years, and since leaving that job to take the Alabama reins, he has turned the Crimson Tide into an NCAA powerhouse.
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September 19, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
As if Mack Brown didn't have enough on his mind. . . . Texas' beleagured coach, who is trying to save a season and maybe his job after a 1-2 start, can add a new worry to his list: Texas might already be looking to replace him. The Associated Press has reported that a regent for Texas reached out last January to see if Nick Saban might be interested in the Texas football job. The AP reports a regent, Steve Hicks, and a former regent,...
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January 5, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Nick Saban and Brian Kelly dropped strong hints Saturday they would be coaching at Alabama and Notre Dame beyond Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game. It's understandable the men leading the top two college football teams into the sport's top game would be considered candidates for several NFL vacancies. Saban, seeking his third national title in six years at Alabama, had the more adamant denial. "I don't have any unfinished business in the NFL," Saban said at Saturday's media day at Sun Life Stadium.
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August 28, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Bob Stoops had first crack at Coach of the 21st Century when he led Oklahoma to the national title in 2000. The Sooners, though, haven't won since. Jim Tressel took Ohio State to the 2002 title, but it would be a lie to say he established more than a one-crown legacy. "Pep-Talk" Pete Carroll led USC to two Associated Press trophies in his first four years but took off for the Northwest just as the Trojans were heading south. Urban Meyer, with his two Bowl Championship Series titles at Florida, was the coach to beat before he burned out, then back in, then out, and then back in. The debate, at least for now, is over.
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January 11, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
Going from college to the pros in coaching might be compared to stepping out of a warm house into a cold and damp Seattle winter. Pete Carroll, get ready to turn your collar up. Maybe there's a reason Carroll was 33-31 as a head coach of the New England Patriots and New York Jets and 97-19 at USC. Maybe his rah-rah personality and having candy-store pick of the talent properly correlate with the disparity between his pro/college win-loss...
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October 26, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Nick Saban , people trainer. The coach tells Alabama fans to sit and stay, they sit and stay. Saban made news in the days leading up to Saturday's game against Tennessee when he complained about the Crimson Tide's late-arriving and early-leaving student fans. "Everybody else should have the same sort of commitment" as the people in his program, Saban said during his radio show Thursday. "You don't have to do the work all week, you don't have to practice, you don't have to come in at 7 in the morning and leave at 11 at night, you don't have to do any of that stuff.
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September 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The announcement that ESPN would be taking its rollicking GameDay show to North Dakota State this week should have been a tip-off to make weekend getaway plans. The network packages these excursions as wholesome, public service peeks into the subdivisions of football people don't get to see. And they certainly can offer up delicious slices of Americana. It also means ESPN got stuck with a lousy slate of games. Sometimes it just works out that way. Kansas State and Texas looked good on paper only a month ago. But that was before Kansas State lost to - North Dakota State!
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September 19, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
As if Mack Brown didn't have enough on his mind. . . . Texas' beleagured coach, who is trying to save a season and maybe his job after a 1-2 start, can add a new worry to his list: Texas might already be looking to replace him. The Associated Press has reported that a regent for Texas reached out last January to see if Nick Saban might be interested in the Texas football job. The AP reports a regent, Steve Hicks, and a former regent,...
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September 11, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Alabama Coach Nick Saban addressed the Yahoo allegations that one of his star former players, D.J. Fluker, received impermissible benefits while attending college. Saban on the Yahoo article: “I didn't read the article, I just came from practice. I know [Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle] has already made comment on the story. I will say from an administrative standpoint, our people do a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best programs in what we try to do to help our players make good choices and good decisions when it comes to agents.
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September 9, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The hard-hitting news business gets a little softer every day. Remember that parlor game of telephone? Someone whispers a phrase into someone's ear and it gets whispered down a line and comes out completely different at the end? Well, that's not supposed to happen at places such as  Sports Illustrated , which got duped on a joke about Nick Saban reportedly leaving Alabama for Texas. The headline on the "SI Wire" site read "Report: Nick Saban to visit Texas. " That was followed by copy suggesting Saban might be a replacement for embattled Texas Coach Mack Brown.
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May 30, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Nick Saban has been called “the devil himself” by one rival coach and “Nicky Satan” by another. The Alabama coach is also way ahead of hell's curve on most matters involving college football - and he's got four BCS titles to prove it. So what a “shock” it was this week when Southeastern Conference coaches voted 13 to 1 to preserve the league's eight-game conference schedule. The lone dissenter was Saban. With the new playoff coming in 2014, an eight-game schedule in a 14-team conference makes about as much sense as the DMV giving Justin Bieber a driver's license.
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January 9, 2013 | T.J. SIMERS
We're watching the BCS championship game together Monday night in Lane Kiffin's USC office -- you know, the game the Trojans were going to be playing in Miami. It sounds silly, if not ridiculous, after the kind of season the Trojans have just experienced, but five months ago Kiffin and others were voting USC the No. 1 team in the country. Right now Miami feels millions rather than a couple of thousand miles away, a brooding Nick Saban on the TV screen, a winner of two of the previous three title games.
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February 14, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Nick Saban said he will become defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and leave the University of Toledo, where he had been head coach for one season, guiding Toledo to a 9-2 record and a share of the Mid-American Conference championship.
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January 9, 2013 | T.J. SIMERS
We're watching the BCS championship game together Monday night in Lane Kiffin's USC office -- you know, the game the Trojans were going to be playing in Miami. It sounds silly, if not ridiculous, after the kind of season the Trojans have just experienced, but five months ago Kiffin and others were voting USC the No. 1 team in the country. Right now Miami feels millions rather than a couple of thousand miles away, a brooding Nick Saban on the TV screen, a winner of two of the previous three title games.
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January 5, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Nick Saban and Brian Kelly dropped strong hints Saturday they would be coaching at Alabama and Notre Dame beyond Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game. It's understandable the men leading the top two college football teams into the sport's top game would be considered candidates for several NFL vacancies. Saban, seeking his third national title in six years at Alabama, had the more adamant denial. "I don't have any unfinished business in the NFL," Saban said at Saturday's media day at Sun Life Stadium.
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