ATLANTA – Nick Saban peered around the curtain, wondering if it was time for his grand entrance.
All other participants in the Southeast Conference must play a supporting role.
Saban is the undisputed star of the show
Just a few months after his record-breaking sixth national championship wedding, the Alabama coach straightened his purple tie, cleared his throat and held a half-hour in the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday ,
He touched on a wide range of topics, making it clear that would not show the slightest insight (especially the quarterback dilemma of the Crimson Tide, which he fought off with a preventive "still to be determined" way).
He never wavered much of his tone of speech just to cast some contempt ̵
Amazingly, linebacker Anfernee Jenkins said, "he seems to be getting younger."
This decrepit assessment may not be too comforting for a conference that has tried more than a decade – without much success – to beat Saban from his throne.
"I really enjoy what I'm doing right now, and as long as I'm healthy and I can do it, I'll go ahead to do it and not worry about any numbers, or how old I am or something like that" , he said. "I would not want to be in the position where I ever shut down the program because I was unable to contribute to the success of the program."
Do not worry.
Saban's The Sixth National Title – the one that even attracted him most with Bear Bryant for every coaches in college football history – could be his greatest of all.
The Crimson Tide struggled with a number of injuries, especially on the defensive line. In the final of the regular season, there was a loss to fierce rival Auburn, a defeat that cost Alabama a blow to the SEC title. After a place in the playoff and the departure of the reigning championship defender Clemson in the semifinals Saban had to face the title fight of a painful decision.
With his team at half time 13-0 against Georgia and offensively drawn against Saban Jalen Hurts – despite a 25-2 career record as a starter – and newcomer Tua Tagovailoa inserted.
All young Hawaiians threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yard goal in extra-time the Crimson give Tide another national crown.
"There were tremendous odds, probably more adversities than any championship team we've ever had," Saban allowed to look back in a rare case. "That was more self-fulfilling than ever."
Of course he did not stay long in the past.
"He probably celebrated this night," Jenkins said. and then he was back to recruiting for the next day.
Saban's success has brought the rest of the powerful SEC into a permanent state of catching up, especially by focusing their assistants on someone – anyone – who was touched by the genius of the Master.
Five of his former assistants have gone to head coaching jobs in the SEC, and while Jim McElwain has not been in Florida for long, the other four-most notably Kirby Smart of rising Powerhouse Georgia-are trying to knock Saban off his podium this season.
Every other coach, regardless of his pedigree, is aware of the challenge he faces.
Even during the Media Days.
"When I saw the list earlier in the spring and saw that I was on the The same day as coach Saban spoke, I was a bit worried that I would do it to persecute him, "said Mississippi State new coach Joe Moorhead whether to enter the stage and perform after the Beatles. "
Luckily for Moorhead, he spoke before Saban. Sure, he was nothing more than a warm-up, but that's an afterthought.
Like every season, Saban faces a unique set of challenges. He has to clear the quarterback situation and deal with the fallout when he finally calls a starter. He will face unusually high sales and will catch up with six new coaches, including replacement for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (the new Tennessee coach) and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (who held the same post with Bayern Munich) Buffalo Bills  But as long as Saban is at the head of the organization, as he calls it, Alabama should be alright.
Someone asked how much his wife Terry would say about his decision, after all, call it a career.
"Terry does not want to have me home," Saban said, flashing a bit of the dry humor he did not get enough credit for. "She does not care if I'm 60, 70, or 80. She's looking for something I can do. "
Regarding his health, Saban pointed to the pickup basketball games that are a valued part of his rarity (19659032)" Our basketball team at noon was unbeaten again this year, " Saban said, "For me this is always an indication that I can go through another season."
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