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Nick Saban’s oops moment involved the lake, not crystal footballs

Yeah, another story about the trophy. I’ll keep it brief.

Speaking with a few of us reporters yesterday in Huntsville, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked if he ever had an oops moment. He flashed back seven or eight years to his lake house.

“I fell off my boat and about killed myself once,” he said with a smile. “I was cleaning up after the kids went wakeboarding. That could have been real disastrous.”

For real? Any more details?

“I fell off my boat, hit my head, and knocked myself out,” he said. “I was sitting at the bottom of the lake. … I just about had one of those bad moments.”

Saban was also asked about the media response to the quirky trophy-busting story. His response …

“Nothing you all do surprises me,” he said. “You stop nothing short of creating some news. I respect you, I love you and all that, but that’s a fact. Is it not?”


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Jet ski riding Saban: I try to enjoy life

Nick Saban got on quite a roll yesterday. I can’t remember seeing him more relax and laughing that hard at a news conference. The topic of fun really got him going.

It started with a question about personal safety as it related to Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle accident. Saban recalled his youth in West Virginia where his father didn’t approve of motorbiking …

“My best friend Charlie Anderson had a Triumph, and I mean that thing was hot. Where my dad’s service station was, there was a long straightaway and they used to race.

“Every time no one was looking I’d get on Charlie’s Triumph. I took it to my girlfriend’s house and she lived on the side of the mountain and there was a curve and the water was running across the street and a dog was chasing me down the street. I hit the water on the curve and I slid out. I didn’t get hurt, didn’t hurt the bike, just slid out.

” My dad found out about that and that’s the last time I’ve been on a motorcycle because he wore me out.”

Saban still has a need for speed and a disapproving voice of reason. He really got into answering a second question about that topic.

“I try to enjoy life. I still water ski. I ride them jet skis as fast as they’ll go and every two years I get the fastest ones they make to replace the last ones.

“Every year, Miss Terry (wife) has a fit, but that’s just the way it goes. There’s not very many things that I like to do, so … I try not to be stupid but I’m not going to not do things that I enjoy doing.

“You could hit with a golf ball, and I like playing golf too. You could have a fatal accident there, but I’m not going to not play golf because of it.”

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Nick Saban talks NFL prospects from 2012 class

Take a listen into Nick Saban’s comments from this morning’s pro day activities in Tuscaloosa. Read more about it in tomorrow’s newspaper.

 


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Bowden talks Alabama dynasty potential, Saban jokes about losing division

Take another look at last night’s banquet in Birmingham with Bobby Bowden discussing the differences between his run at Florida State and the current situation Nick Saban faces at Alabama.

 


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The story behind Saban/Cauley pairing at Pebble Beach

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Make no mistake about it. Former Alabama golfer Bud Cauley was “absolutely” nervous about teeing it up with his playing partner last week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

At least that’s what his former college coach Jay Seawell said Monday. The two finished tied for 72nd and didn’t make the cut. But it was quite an experience for the 21-year old who played with Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban.

Cauley (AP photo)

Seawell told the story behind the pairing. Cauley, who left Alabama after his junior year last summer, is in his first full season on the PGA Tour. He’d already played four tournaments in a row and planned to take last weekend off.

But Seawell gave him a call about 10 days before the tournament with the news of Saban’s addition to the field. The PGA  and the tournament committee wanted a Cauley/Saban pairing.

Who could turn that down?

“He actually changed his entire PGA tour schedule to accommodate this last week,” Seawell said. “It was a pretty cool moment for me, and for the guys to see that out there.”

Senior golfer Hunter Hamrick said he texted back and forth with Cauley over the weekend. His former teammate “wouldn’t spill too much” about Saban, but he enjoyed the conversation between the other members of the playing group.

Saban and Cauley were matched with Ricky Barnes and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick — Saban’s former employer with the Cleveland Browns.

“He said it was just great to hear them kinda evaluating players and talking about players,” Hamerick said. “He said that was interesting hearing them chat about that.”


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Saban, Cauley burn up Pebble Beach in Pro-Am second round

The Alabama pairing at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am surged from als0-ran to almost-contender Friday afternoon.

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Football coach Nick Saban and former Tide golfer Bud Cauley combined to shoot a 9-under 61 in the best-ball format. The two entered the day tied for 79th, but the big round leaves them tied for 22nd.

Saban and Cauley played Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Friday and will play the main Pebble Beach course Saturday

They’d be in the hunt if it weren’t for Padraig Harrington and businessman JP McManus. The two are 25-under par after two rounds of 57 and 60. The next-best team is 18-under.

On the professional side of the event, Cauley was three shots under par Friday to jump from 77th to 37th.

Cauley played at Alabama before turning pro last summer. He’s currently 32nd on the FedEx Cup leaderboard after winning $175,993 in four tournaments.


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Saban, Cauley well behind at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Nick Saban in the sandy beach at Pebble Beach (AP photo)

The pairing of Alabama’s football coach and former star golfer at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am finished under par in Round 1.

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Just not far enough to make much of an impact on the leaderboard in Northern California.

Nick Saban and Bud Cauley combined to shoot a 4-under 68 in the opening day of the event. That left the Alabama pairing tied for 79th.

The two are nine shots off the lead shared by two teams who shot a 57 on Thursday.

Click here for the complete leaderboard on PGA.com.

It’s not all about the Pro-Am for Cauley, who is in his second year as a professional on the PGA Tour.

He’s currently 1-over and tied for 114th among the professionals. You can click here for that leaderboard.


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Video of Saban talking Obama, juniors going pro

I almost forgot to post this one. Here is Nick Saban discussing the news of the day and an interesting phone call that delayed the news conference for Trent Richardson and Dre Kirkpatrick.

 


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Saban loose on the day before BCS title game

A day before kickoff, nobody at this morning’s news conference appeared more relaxed than Nick Saban.

The Alabama football coach cracked jokes and told stories in his final media obligation before tomorrow’s kickoff in the BCS National Championship Game. He even outdid Tiger coach Les Miles who is better known for his casual interview style.

A malfunctioning sound system suddenly piped music into the crowded ball room just as Saban answered a question. As hotel officials scrambled to fix the issue, Saban cracked a smile.

“Who do we have playing back there?” Saban said. “Got a little Al Green, man. Turn it up. Let’s go.”

He drew another round of laughs when asked about the seeing the nation’s top two defenses on the field this evening. His daughter came into play this time.

“You know, when Kristen first started dating and those boys came knocking on the door, the first thing I’d ask them is: “What do you play? Who do you play?” Saban said. “I want to know if the guy was a competitor. … Of course none of them ever answered me. They were so intimidated so I never got much good information.”

Read a few more notes like this one in tomorrow’s newspaper.


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The full Nick Saban news conference from Saturday

We had the funny part of Nick Saban’s news conference yesterday. If you want to see the rest of it, here you go. Enjoy the rest of the holiday, then get back to work tomorrow.

 


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Oh wait, one more thing … Nick Saban wants you to have a happy new year

Take a look at the comical scene that ended this afternoon’s news conference with Nick Saban. He was leaving the room when he remembered to spread the holiday cheer on the last day of 2011. It was a quality moment. Enjoy.

 


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Video proof Alabama returned for BCS practice this afternoon

The holiday vacation is officially over for the Alabama football team. Take a look at Nick Saban working the team this afternoon in the first of a few practices before the team heads to New Orleans for that football game Jan. 9.


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Video of Nick Saban coaching up the cornerbacks

Take another look at Nick Saban’s coaching from today’s practice in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide is still working the fundamentals this week as the Jan. 9 meeting with LSU in the BCS title game approaches.

 


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Video of Saban coaching the cornerbacks

It’s rare to get Nick Saban close enough to video in practice. Today, however, was different. Here he works with the cornerbacks at the indoor workout earlier today.


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Video of Saban’s sense of humor at Monday news conference

Alabama coach Nick Saban drew a few laughs at Monday’s news conference following the first BCS practice. It started right away when he walked in and asked reporters about Christmas shopping. It continued with talk of suspensions, sitting next to Les Miles at the Heisman and his closing remark.

 


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