Saban misses bedtime after legacy-building win

Take a look at one of the last stories produced from New Orleans this week. It could be a newsy few days, but take another look back with this one:

NEW ORLEANS — Nick Saban had a hard time remembering staying up that late.

Photo by Deangelo McDaniel/Decatur Daily

Monday night went well into Tuesday morning after the Alabama football coach claimed his second national title in three years. He even skipped the two Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies over coffee and the Weather Channel to sleep in.

“I couldn’t get people out of my room until 3:00,” he said. “I haven’t been up until 3:00 in a long time.”

He hasn’t been this satisfied in a while either. Claiming Alabama’s 14th national title with a comprehensive 21-0 beating of LSU on Monday night, Saban couldn’t deny savoring this one even more than his previous two championship moments.

“Well, to be honest,” I think I maybe did,” he said. “This team was a special team, not that the 2009 team was any different. … It was a really special group, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of that.”

That 2009 Alabama title team went unblemished, won the SEC title and had a Heisman Trophy winner in Mark Ingram.

This team took the longer road to the same destination — losing to LSU 9-6 in the regular season and requiring a few upsets to earn Monday night’s rematch.

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