Nick Saban Reveals What He ‘Loses Sleep’ Over In ESPN Interview

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Throughout his years of coaching at Alabama, Nick Saban has gone through both triumphant and traumatic experiences. Although the sting of losing national championships can last for a certain period of time, other moments cause the legendary coach to lose sleep.Suffering a blowout loss to the Clemson Tigers definitely hurts until the new season begins. Yet, those shortcomings aren’t running through the back of Saban’s mind for years, especially since he already has his share of national titles.In an interview with Chris Low of ESPN, the Alabama coach revealed that he thinks back about relationships with players. Any situation from the past where he felt that he didn’t support his players in the right manner is worthy of keeping him up at night.The saga between Saban and Maurice Smith from 2016 is a prime example of an experience that generates emotions of remorse for several seasons.From ESPN:“The thing I lose sleep over the most is not winning and losing the games. It’s about players. It’s about a guy who’s not doing the right thing or somebody you’re trying to get to see the light and buy into doing the right things,” Saban says. “I’ve been coaching for 43 years, and to have what happened with Maurice Smith and his family, that’s what I lose sleep over.“We’ve got 53 players in the NFL and a whole bunch of other ones who aren’t in the NFL and are very successful. But what I lay awake at night and think about is where did I fail a guy like Maurice Smith. What didn’t I do, or what could I have done better?”Saban caught serious criticism for his handling of Smith’s transfer from Alabama to Georgia, where he joined former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart in his first year as head coach in Athens. He tried to block Smith from immediately playing at Georgia, before eventually backing down.This year, Saban was put in an extremely tough spot this past season because of a quarterback dilemma.While Jalen Hurts was the veteran presence that has shown he can produce, Alabama went with the phenom in Tua Tagovailoa. Ultimately, he didn’t push back on Hurts’ decision to leave for Oklahoma after the year.[ESPN]last_img

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