Want to know why Alabama head coach Nick Saban is so successful?
It is because he is never satisfied with what he currently accomplishes. It doesn't really matter that he just led the Crimson Tide to their third national championship in four years with a victory over Notre Dame. He believes his team can always improve and that next championship will always be prettier than the last one.
When you have a drive such as Saban, it would be nothing short of a failure if you weren't out dominating the competition. If you put nearly every waking moment into what you do, you better be great at it, or you are doing something totally wrong.
Guys that have a work ethic such as Saban don't come around every day. The guy is desperate for that next successful moment and it shows every time he steps on the field, or opens his mouth. According to USA Today, Saban plans on taking two days off before getting back to work in preparation for next season.
Well, two days and we're going to start on next year. Saban said. We've got a 24-hour rule around here… but I'm proud of these guys, man. I'm happy for them. As a coach, I want to win the game for them. I want them to be able to win the game and say their legacy as a team, 10, 20 years from now they can say they won a national championship.
Forget going to the beach and catching some sun. Never mind spending time with the family and having a chance to detox yourself from the X's and O's. Saban is going to take 48 hours off before going into beast mode once again and preparing for a season that doesn't start for nearly seven months. Forget being considered a workaholic, Saban is obsessed with the game of football to the point it is scary.
So what will Saban likely be doing once he steps back into his office after two days? Well, according to Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report, the head coach already has a good idea of what to attack first.
"We're getting behind in recruiting." - Nick Saban just now on SportsCenter. Behind who?— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 8, 2013
Is Saban now recruiting against teams in the NFL? Seriously, depending on what recruiting site you are looking at, Alabama is currently sitting at the top. With enough 5-star and 4-star players to create a new galaxy, the Crimson Tide shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Tide aren't falling behind in the recruiting process any more than Oprah Winfrey is running out of money.
But Saban having the mindset that his recruiting class could drastically improve just goes to show why he is so successful.
He is never satisfied with what he just accomplished. This may explain the lack of joy when it comes to his facial expression, which he addressed, according to Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports.
Nick Saban: "Whether I look like it or not, I'm happy as hell."— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) January 8, 2013
Oh, he's happy all right. He's already looking for that next victory and a shot at winning a fifth national championship. It doesn't take long for Saban to move past what just happened and to set his eyes on even bigger goals. That would explain taking only two days off before going back to work.
So if you have ever wondered why Saban has been so successful over the years, it is because he is completely dedicated to his craft. He has many sleepless nights, and he puts a lot of things on the back burner to help bring these crystal footballs to Alabama.
With dedication and determination like that, it is really no surprise why Saban continues to have the college football world at his feet.