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kisatchie53
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What does Saban do that makes him so great?
I have no idea how good he was prior to LSU, but obviously regarding college football, with LSU and Bama it's incredible what he's accomplished. Is it mostly recruiting, coaching ability, relating to players? How is he so much better than all the other coaches?

I understand now he has a rolling ball going downhill that ain't stopping until he retires, his name does all the recruiting, but at some point he had to start, what did he do so good before it was well known, playing for Saban would get you to the NFL?

If Saban went to a smaller school like Tulane, La Tech, ULM, in all honesty, over 5 years, how much would he turn a program like that around? Just a hypothetical obviously there. It's amazing what he's accomplished.


boston vol
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
I mean he’s a great coach, that’s what makes him great.


jlovel7
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
Work ethic. No one is out working him.


Boomshockalocka
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
Recruiting and culture. Tone at the top. He doesn’t do much x and o at all.


kisatchie53
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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I mean he’s a great coach, that’s what makes him great.



True, but so many coaches have learned under him, some for years. They've gone on to other programs and can't even come close to duplicating it. Many people know exactly how he coaches and his style.


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boston vol
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
And he did great job at Michigan State before taking over at LSU. After his first season They got hit with significant sanctions because of violations committed by the previous staff. Despite all that, In his final season there they won double digit games for the first time in over thirty years.


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kisatchie53
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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And he did great job at Michigan State


Gotcha, I couldn't remember where he was at or how good he did there. So even there he was a good coach early in his career.


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kisatchie53
Member since Jul 2011
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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He coaches.

He will coach kids with 100% of his being and in return his kids give him 100%. Everyone is held accountable.


I don't disagree at all, but don't a lot of coaches from big programs do this?


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raceboy
Member since Feb 2011
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
Recruits top talent
Hires great assistants
Can coach the frick out of defense
Keeps his top talent grounded and focused on the big prize: championships and future $$$


chalmetteowl
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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mean he’s a great coach, that’s what makes him great.



He put Louisiana players into the NFL and his reputation has carried him since


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gumbo2176
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
When you develop a program that consistently wins, and wins at high levels, especially in Division I Football, it is real easy to recruit "Blue Chippers" from all over the country.

So yeah, recruiting top players really helps. Plus he's surrounded himself with a great coaching staff, has a top notch facility in which to train and is in line to contend for a National Title every year they hit the field.


StealthCalais11
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
Living, breathing, and bleeding football 24 hours a day.


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kisatchie53
Member since Jul 2011
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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When you develop a program that consistently wins, and wins at high levels


I guess my main question should be how he got to that point. He loses assistants and coordinators just like any other good program does but it never matters. How did he initially get so consistent with winning? Obviously that's a tough answer but something I was obviously pondering to myself with. I mean before all the winning he still had to coax top recruits to come to his school.


Buckeye06
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
I know everyone jokes, but his perfect death star is pretty complete now.

He employs multiple DCs/OCs/HCs who are in between jobs or close to retiring as analysts. He literally has 2 NFL head coaches (who both led their teams to the playoffs as HCs) as his OC and OL coach right now. That is just fing incredible

He must do an incredible job of teaching people, no matter age, how to lead and execute.


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lsudave1
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
He sold his soul


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RedPop4
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
Work ethic, attention to detail, work ethic.
Watch the SEC Network bio-documentary on him, and you'll understand. His father, Big Nick, was tough, demanded damn-near perfection whether in the gas station they owned or on the football field. Nick, jr., learned it and owns it, demanding the same from his players.


PeteRose
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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Work ethic. No one is out working him.


Work ethic, intelligence, and resources. Work ethic alone can get you so far.


Mad_Mardigan
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
I imagine it's never ever taking the eye off the ultimate goal, which is to win games. Championships, accolades, money, opportunity, etc., all will be there if you win the next game.

Most young people will follow and listen to those they respect. Words have very little to do with it. They won't listen to the words if they don't respect your grind. If you let up for just one second they will see that and think they can let up. Because he demands it of himself they know that he demands it of them and, in turn, they will demand it of themselves.


kisatchie53
Member since Jul 2011
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re: What does Saban do that makes him so great?
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Work ethic, attention to detail, work ethic.
Watch the SEC Network bio-documentary on him, and you'll understand. His father, Big Nick, was tough, demanded damn-near perfection whether in the gas station they owned or on the football field. Nick, jr., learned it and owns it, demanding the same from his players.


That's amazing, I guess in my head I assumed most big time college coaches are like this. In reality, sounds like he's just so much more than all the others. I assume his wife and kids don't see him often


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