Nick Saban: The Man With a Plan at Alabama

L.C. MayCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2008

He makes $4 million a year plus advertising bonuses, which comes out to be $5 million per year. He runs the football program at the University of Alabama and has won both national and conference titles. He is an author, coach, husband, father, and a motivational leader.

"Who is this?" you ask yourself. It's Nick Saban.

This man is one in a million, if you ask most people. I mean, you should say, "So...the man is a millionaire, everyone loves him, he is a great coach, and someone you want to meet if you want to go the extra mile in life."

Now, if you were to ask Saban what the secret to all his success at being a great head football coach is, he would say there is no secret.

I have read Saban's book, titled How Good Do You Want To Be. It is a fantastic book that doesn't just say how he got to be a coach like most autobiographies written by coaches do. Instead, his tells you how to be a competitor in anything you do, whether it's playing football or striving to be a lawyer.

Nick Saban, in my mind, is one of the best college football coaches in the country. He was criticized, saying it would take at least half his contract years to turn the University of Alabama around.

In only his second year, he coached an undefeated regular season team, beat Auburn for the first time in six years, led his team to the SEC Championship, and is going to the Sugar Bowl.

If you did not know already, Saban just won the Coach of the Year Award in college football. This he deserves because he isn't a coach that says, ''OK, this is a hard team so play your hearts out." That isn't his coaching style.

Saban is the kind of guy that teaches his players to play with 110 percent every game, no mater who it is. Because if you teach your players to only play well against good teams, when a player graduates, whether he plays in the NFL or not, he will go through his career thinking he should only do well when faced with a tough task.

Saban is by far one of the better coaches at the college football standard. So, if this great coach can lead his team to an undefeated season in only his second year, then imagine what is in store for next year.