There's a Stirring in Tuscaloosa: Nick Saban, Alabama Sparking National Talk

Tim CroleySenior Analyst IAugust 14, 2008

On Friday morning, August 15, Forbes magazine will release their latest edition of what has been a very popular read by many throughout the years they have been in publication.  The only difference this week is the person on the cover.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his "power" will be the featured article, and he will have his mug plastered on the cover of Forbes.

The article directs readers' attention to the fact that Saban has something that no other coach in college football has: both money and power.

Don't get me wrong. Many coaches have plenty of money, more than Saban even.  Some coaches have unreal contracts, and their physical lives will never be in want again.

But Saban has the money and complete control.

Athletic Director Mal Moore has given Saban the authority and free reign to do whatever he wishes with the program, and that's where he stands out among others.

I for one am happy that Saban is able to run his program, his way, without interference.  I believe the price paid for his coaching abilities will bring more than an ample return to the university.

More news stirring in T-Town comes from ESPN's Pat Forde.

In a recent article penned by the popular college football columnist, he has predicted that Alabama will produce an upset this year in one of two games: the season opener or season finale.

If his predictions are correct, the Tigers of either Clemson or Auburn will fall victim to the Tide.

If it's the former, then the Tide will be off and running with high confidence.

If it's the latter, Alabama will end their dreaded losing streak against their cross-state rival.

I don't know what the next day holds, not to mention a season that is still two weeks away.  But it looks like the pot is being stirred.

I'm sure it won't take long for the critics to start talking.