Why Nick Saban Is The Ultimate Father Figure

Why Nick Saban Is The Ultimate Father Figure

Nick Saban is the dad we all need.
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Nick Saban is the best coach in the SEC and can be considered as the best coach in all of College Football. He is a one of a kind coach who can get the most out of his players in important game time situations. How is Saban always able to get constant results out of his players? It's simple, its because he cares about them.

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Nick Saban is known for giving very dull interviews, but if you listen how he talks about his players you would know how much he cares about them. He holds them to a higher standard than most programs do. Coaching holds a much bigger role in College than it does in the NFL. It is important for these College coaches to develop these young men into football players with character and integrity.

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Nick Saban was recently criticized by ESPN and many other mainstream networks for not punishing his players more often for their wrongdoings. To the mainstream audience, Saban should be more hard on his players, but after watching an interview with him, I understand why he is not. He knows all of his players better than us speculating ever could. He spends endless amounts of time with them and knows what is best for them.

Discipline is not always in the form of punishing and this is about development of character more than it is anything else. Nick Saban knows how to develop young men in the best way possible, hence the title of the article. You can tell by the way the players talk about him, how much he means to that program. Alumni in the NFL have credited their professional stardom to Saban for all he has done developing them on the field and off the field.

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We all wish we had someone like Nick Saban in our life, someone who always knows whats best for us. It is what makes him so successful.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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If The SEC Football Teams Were Your Favorite (Or Not-So-Favorite) Halloween Candies

Trick or treat, smell my cleats....

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In the South, there are two things for people to look forward to in autumn: Halloween and football. But what if you combined the two? If SEC schools were Halloween candy, they'd be...

The University of Alabama: Your favorite full-size candy

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You know that house. The house that would always have a long line outside of it. The house that all the kids would talk about in school for days before and days after Halloween. The house... with the full-size chocolate bars.

Crunch. Snickers. Milky Ways. Reese's. Hershey's.

Full-size candy bars are on a whole different level than all other Halloween candies just like Alabama rises above all of the other football teams.

Georgia: Candy Corn.

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I love candy corn. I think it is the absolute best. My sister, on the other hand, does not like candy corn.

A lot of people love Georgia because of the history behind it. A lot of people hate Georgia because of their connection to Alabama through Kirby Smart. The candy corn of the SEC.

LSU: M&Ms.

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Currently, LSU is getting close to the top spot in the SEC West. They are easy to root for; their fans are not complaining. Games have been exciting.

No one is going to complain when they get M&Ms in their Halloween bag. There are so many different choices and flavors.

Auburn: Kit Kat. 

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According to individuals I talked to, their favorite candy to receive on Halloween besides full-size candy bars is a Kit Kat. Kit Kats are killer — they have chocolate, they have crunch. They really give those full-size candy bars a run for their money.

Auburn has always been Alabama's biggest rival and, in recent years, the truly have been giving Alabama a run for their money.

Arkansas: Starbursts.

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When you reach into a bag of candy, you sometimes grab a delicious pink Starburst. Other times, you get a .... yellow one.

In a similar fashion, the Arkansas season is pretty hit-or-miss. While they do win some games, more often than not it is a loss.

University of Florida: Twizzlers.

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Twizzlers are kind of an underrated candy, but honestly, they are so delicious. I mean, what other candy can you eat, but also use as an impromptu straw? Twizzlers should not be underestimated as a candy.

People underestimated the UF football team this year because they have not been on their A-game the past few years, but they are proving people wrong.

Vanderbilt: Popcorn balls.

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Just like any kid, I did not love getting popcorn balls. I would have preferred some sort of candy. However, at least they tried to give out something; they did not just turn off their lights and pretend that they were not home.

Vanderbilt's football team this year is pretty similar. They really are trying. They may not be super successful, but they are trying.

University of Kentucky: Butterfinger

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Currently, Kentucky has the quarterback with the second most amount of fumbles in college football. Fumbles... butterfingers... same difference.

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