Thursday, April 24, 2014


Preview - Nick Saban 60 Minutes Interview
By Ashley Thompson


 

en Keteyian sits down with Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the winning coach runs practice and coaches games.

 

The best financial investment ever? That's what the University of Alabama Chancellor said about Saban. Ever since he started coaching the Tide in 2007, the university drastically changed for the better.

Saban has coached three of the last four national championship teams. He's known for ability to recruit talent and his stern approach to coaching. But he says he doesn't think it's fair when people refer to him as being tough.

"We create a standard for how we want to do things and everybody's got to buy into that standard or you really can't have any team chemistry," Saban explains. "You know, mediocre people don't like high achievers and high achievers don't like mediocre people."

And Saban certainly is a high achiever. Ranking in over 5.5 million dollars a year, he's the highest paid college football coach. But CBS's Arman Keteyian says he's made the University of Alabama much more than that.

"Since Nick took over in 2007, football revenue has increased 112 percent so they're now at 143 some odd million dollars which means the football program is generating somewhere between 90 and 100 million dollars."

But even with all that money, the university is not with scandals. Former Bama standout DJ Fluker reportedly received money for performance while playing under Saban. The coach says he knew nothing about it and would like to see athletes who engage in pay-for-play be punished even after college.

"If a player does something in college, why can't he be affected by his career in the NFL? If Fluker did do something wrong, he can't play there 4 games, 6 games, 10 games, whatever...and he can't get paid. Then there's a consequence for the player doing it, there's a consequence for the agent doing it."

Nick Saban's complete interview will air Sunday on CBS 60 minutes.

In an interview that will air this Sunday on CBS, Arm