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Nick Saban explains how discipline works at Alabama: "Discipline is not necessarily just punishment..."


By now you've all seen the headlines where two Alabama players were arrested a few nights ago in Louisiana on drug and gun charges. Well yesterday, just before Nick Saban hit the links for a charity Pro-Am golf event in Hoover he took a few questions, and it didn't take long before he was being pressed for more details on how the two players would be disciplined.

Saban, being Saban, explained that they'll deal with things the same way they have the previous nine seasons he's been in Tuscaloosa - by handling things internally.

But then he offered up this interesting nugget on how he views disciplinary matters within his program.

"If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline. Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It's how do you change somebody's behavior so they have a better chance to be successful." Saban noted to

"That's the way we've always done it. That's the way we always try to do it. That's the way I like to do it with my own children. I think that's the way most parents like to do it with their own children."

As coaches, we should all view discipline within our programs in a similar light as Saban, or perhaps as a parent does: Not only as a punishment, but when an issue arises, how do we change that person's behavior so they have a better chance at success down the road?

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