Opinion: Nick Saban wasn’t his usual self this season and that’s just what this Alabama team needed

Nick Saban wasn’t himself this season. That’s what Alabama needed

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Saban’s reputation as a joyless, monochromatic football dictator whose glare would melt Antarctica and whose rage could frighten statues back to life was never a complete picture of the man or the coach.  

We got glimpses over the years of Saban’s humanity and likability, but it was never his defining feature. Saban as the impatient, intolerant grump who once famously complained to a golf buddy that playing in the national championship game had cost him a week of recruiting explained everything about why he’d become the most successful college coach of all-time. 

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