Saban on winning four national titles: “I feel like we’ve had good enough teams to win eight.”
Nick Saban chatted with his No. 1 fan and No. 1 critic – depending on how the Tide did last Saturday – Paul Finebaum, in which he opined on all the things he hasn’t accomplished at LSU and Alabama.
“We haven’t finished the season in the last two seasons like we’d like,” Saban told Finebaum, via CollegeFootballTalk. “People talk about you won four national championships. Well, I feel like we’ve had good enough teams to win eight. So I feel like we failed four times. I feel like I failed four times.”
And, yeah, he’s probably right. The 2013 and 2014 teams had national title ability in them, and his 2010 team is truly the season that got away – his most talented team ever (Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, most of the record-breaking 2011 defense) that somehow found a way to lose three games.
But, still, going 4-for-8 still makes Saban pretty darn successful – or lucky, depending on how you slice it up.
Mack Brown had national title caliber teams in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 and won one. Bob Stoops could’ve won national titles in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008, and he’s only won one to date. Pete Carroll was a few plays away in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Urban Meyer was right there in 2009 and 2013. And so on and so on.
Every successful coach will have seasons to lament. Saban’s fortunate he only has four – and just as many national title rings to keep him company at night.
After beating #1 ranked NDSU, Montana’s Bob Stitt responded to the Twitter skeptics
While Bob Stitt had already captured the respect and attention of offensive coordinators across the NFL and FBS level with his innovative offensive mind, there were still a large number of skeptics who thought that his offense was too gimmicky to succeed at the Division I level. Three days ago he got his first chance at the FCS level as he led his 12th ranked Montana team on the field for the first time against FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
One of the more vocal doubters was actually NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, who took to Twitter before the game to offer his take on the opening game of the college football season.
New Montana HC Bob Stitt runs all kinds of trick plays on offense. He better try everything vs. NDSU. Predicted score: NDSU 33, MONT 10
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 29, 2015
Needless to say, Brandt was quite a bit off with that prediction, and Stitt led the Montana program to a 38-35 upset of the four-time defending national champion Bison. The Griz scored on the last play of the game out of the old Power I formation with a play as old as football itself.
And of course, Stitt was sure to remind Brandt of how it all played out.
Next time you want to doubt coach Stitt and his Montana squad on social media, you can bet he’s got his eye on you.
Video: Take an exclusive look inside NC State’s new indoor facility
Back in June, NC State opened the doors to the 90,000 square foot Close-King indoor practice facility, and the new first-class facility allows student-athletes to really “maximize their time during the day,” according to deputy AD of internal relations Michael Lipitz.
With giant retractable doors lining the sides of the facility, the new indoor is a really impressive addition on campus for Dave Doeren’s program.
“One of the tings we should be proud of is the way we maximized our budget dollars. It’s really impressive from the outside, it matches the rest of the complex, and it’s appealing from the outside. And then, when you go inside, it has every component that the student-athletes need to train.” Lipitz goes on to explain.
The video above gives some back-story on how coaching staff’s from the past, and present pushed for the facility, and it provides an excellent look at Doeren and his staff’s newest recruiting pitch.
Wednesday’s One Minute Warm Up
To get the blood pumping:
– Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre has done something that no other college coach in the history of the game has done.
Based on CU’s research, Mike MacIntyre is the first NCAA head coach to have played for his dad and coached his son. pic.twitter.com/HSg1xp3SRF
— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) September 1, 2015
– Last night’s episode of Hard Knocks had some interesting moments and screen shots.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 2, 2015
– If you enjoy hilarious TV and fantasy football, this is great news.
— nick kroll (@nickkroll) September 1, 2015
– Oregon State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin drinks 16-18 Diet Cokes a day…and he’s been doing it the past 20 years.
– Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables with the quote of the day.
Brent Venables says he prefers “guys who like to rip people’s face off.” This guy HAD to listen to Slayer in high school.
— Larry Williams (@LarryWilliamsTI) September 1, 2015
– Check out this high school preseason highlight from Barrington HS (IL).
– Another creative commitment announcement shouldn’t really surprise anyone at this point
— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 1, 2015
The best from yesterday:
– The FootballScoop staff attempts to predict the biggest coaching surprises of 2015.
– Report: UCF’s George O’Leary wants to be the full time AD, and plans to step down as head coach
– Les Miles explains says his hospital trip was due to “too much coffee”.
Video of the Day – Coached up with George McDonald at NC State
Video of the Day
Wednesday August 2, 2015
Coached up with George McDonald at NC State