Nick Saban Pickpockets Auburn's Linebacker Coach, James Willis

Kreskin AnnihilationCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

You can love him or hate him, but when it comes down to brass tacks, having a man like Nick Saban on your side brings excellent benefits.

We lost Lance Thompson to Tennessee, and for a moment I was concerned. We already have our own share of issues to deal with, and we didn't need to add more, especially after coach Steele left for Clemson.

What does Nick Saban do about it?

He delivers an upgrade for the Crimson Tide by going to Auburn's house and hiring away one of their best assets to coach our linebackers. That's right, James Willis, an AU alumni to boot, has decided to head west to Tuscaloosa, after barely a months' time under Gene Chizik.

Auburn's one current strength IS their defense, especially that linebacker corps. To bring in a guy of Willis' talent is one thing, but to deliver a George St. Pierre-style knee to Auburn's face in the process is nothing short of excellent.

You can't do any more than bettering yourself and injuring your opponent at the same time.

So, say what you will about Alabama's potential issues, or a possible letdown after a 12-2 season, but know this: Nick Saban is here to play ball, and he is going to do whatever it takes to keep the Crimson Tide going strong.