“Welcome to the Saban Factory, where young men become champions, where players become professionals and where assistants become head coaches.” This phrase should be pitched by some of Alabama’s recruiters when they have high school prospects coming into town. For all we know Saban may have already tried that pitch, since he is known as a recruiter that has no boundaries.
Truth be told the University of Alabama’s football program is run like a factory and much like a successful factory it has a successful product, champions. One can look at the practices, the players meetings, the strength program, the recruiting pitches, the coaches meetings and many other finely run programs and realize that all are ran very well to reach its fullest function and ability, much like a factory. Since Saban’s arrival he has produced a National Championship, a SEC Championship, several top recruiting classes, a Heisman Trophy Winner, several future first round picks and he has officially brought the University Alabama back to the forefront of being a college football powerhouse.
When Saban took stand at the podium on his first day as head football coach of the Crimson Tide, he said that it was all about the process. Little did the rest of the world know that the process would be so successful. Though a look back at Saban’s past and one can see that he has nothing, but success at all previous stops; he has even produced several head coaches, including Muschamp and Jimbo Fisher. The process did take time at Alabama; his first year the Tide produced a measely 7-6 season, mainly because the leaders on the team had not bought into the process of the factory. The next season the Tide posted a perfect regular season, but flopped in the SEC championship and bowl game, the process was still a work in progress. Then in 2009 the factory was in full swing as it’s product came out: Champions. This last season the tide struggled to find itself within the progress, but do not worry because any factory (I mean program) ran by Nick Saban, will rebound and distribute its product, champions.
Much like a person who is head of a major company, Saban takes on a lot of criticism of his process, but he answers doubters and naysayers with a product that has worth. He is producing young men with talent and ability to succeed on and off the field. If one were to take a look at Alabama’s graduation rate amongst its football program they could see that the rate has drastically improved since his arrival. Basically, Saban’s process works in all areas and the thing is… he knows it and we should all begin to know it.
People can come up with nicknames or criticisms of Nick Saban, but the fact is… he builds CHAMPIONS.