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August/September 2012

August/September 2012


Southern Savior: Saban's 10 Keys to Success

by: Rex Lardner
Editor American Football Monthly
© August/September 2012

Alabama’s Nick Saban has relied on his core philosophy to resurrect the Crimson Tide program and bring
championships to Tuscaloosa.

The decade between Alabama Head Coach Gene Stallings retirement in 1996 and David Shula’s dismissal as head coach in 2006 was perhaps the darkest era in Crimson Tide football history. Four losing seasons, NCAA probation, a coach fired before his first game and, worst of all, five losses in a row to Auburn led to despair in Tuscaloosa.

“We were at the point in our football program where we had to make a change,” according to Athletic Director Mal Moore.

“Our thinking was that we wanted to hire a head coach who had coached a conference champion – someone experienced who had been there before.”

With the announcement of Nick Saban’s hiring in January 2007, Moore found a coa....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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