Nick Saban had a few interesting comments during Alabama media day. Saban admitted he got burnt out during the off-season following his 2003 national championship at LSU. This off-season and summer, Saban made sure his away from campus engagements were a little more limited.
“I think I was probably a little bit more guarded this year relative to things that I allowed myself to do. I remember after the 2003 season I was totally almost burnt out in the offseason by all the things that I did, whether it was speaking or whatever it was, because of the demands and the requests. This year, even though the demands and requests were there, I sort of said, ‘Look, I’m standing pat. This is the hand. This is how many times I speak. This is how many Crimson Caravans I do, and that’s not changing. We’re not going beyond that. We’re going to do what we need to do to stay focused on what happens the next time.’ I do remember that. I feel that this offseason was not any different relative to how this team is being approached for the next season as any other season.”
“We’ve tried to have a program here that I would say is of substance. It’s about making good choices and decisions about what you do and what you don’t do. Every choice that you make has a consequence. That consequence can be positive or it could be negative if you make poor choices. I think we made progress in the program because our players have made better choices and have done things, not only on the field but off the field, to help themselves be more successful and give themselves a chance to be more successful.”
“That’s what we want to challenge our players to do, to win every day. Winning every day right now is everybody making personal improvement, everybody making individual improvement that’s going to help us continue to get better as a team. We’ve got a very young team. We probably don’t have more than 10 or 12 guys that have been here more than three years out of high school on our entire team. That doesn’t mean that they’re not capable of doing it, but it does challenge their maturing to be able to make the right decisions and do the right things in circumstances like these. I think this is a good time for them to sort of mature into what they have to do to be the kind of relentless competitors they’re going to need to be with the competition in our league.”