Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has won three national championships in four years while building college football’s most dominant program.

Given that success and his meticulous pursuit of perfection, CBS’ 60 Minutes deemed Saban’s accolades and personality worthy of a TV special led by reporter Armen Keteyian.

On an evening where Alabama was revealed as the No. 1 team in the BCS rankings, Saban didn’t disappoint.

The Underworld coach held little of his renowned fire back in the lengthy segment, which gave a behind-the-scenes look at how Saban carries himself, what his mindset is, how he was influenced as he progressed through the coaching ranks, and more.

One quote from Saban stood out in particular, and 60 Minutes’ official Twitter account made sure to document it:

To kick off the story, the action followed Saban all but sprinting out to practice in August, bringing enthusiasm as the players had to move indoors due to a thunderstorm.

Cameras captured how he runs a tight ship, and before the first voice-over, he is screaming at a player for making the same mistake after being told three times before how to rectify it.

Defensive back Eddie Jackson also got several earfuls from Saban, but he’s coming along well, and he grabbed his first career interception against Ole Miss earlier in the year.

At the foundation of Saban’s success is what he calls “The Process,” for which 60 Minutes provided a succinct explanation:

All of that practice tape provided a glimpse into the type of competitor Saban is and how he places a premium on a player’s mentality and work ethic as much as his talent.

At one point in the special, Saban told Keteyian that if he feels strongly about a prospect, he will watch every play of that youngster’s high school game tape.

That was evident in the footage the show aired when Saban wasn’t at rest, seated for an on-camera interview. From the relentless environment fostered on the Tuscaloosa practice fields to shaking hands with far younger children, the intensity Saban exudes is palpable.

Also touched on in the segment was the impact Saban’s father had on him when he was raised in a sm

all West Virginia mining town.


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