Tom Osborne talks Nick Saban, Alabama's title run
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Wednesday January 09, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 9, 2013
The last man to coach a true college football dynasty weighed in Tuesday on the current owner of the title.
"Nick (Saban) and I aren't the same type of people," former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star. "But if I had my third string in there, I was just as interested in those players executing as perfectly as they could."
Osborne was addressing Saban's yelling on the sideline late in the fourth quarter of his 42-14 BCS national title victory over Notre Dame.
"I know Nick well enough that he doesn't care whether the score is 35-10 or 0-0," Osborne said. "I think he's after perfection. So he doesn't let up until the game's over. I mean, he's trying to maximize performance, which is what you've got to do. You can't look at the scoreboard and decide whether you're going to get upset or not. If you're really a competitor, you're after perfection on every play."
Saban has won three of the last four BCS national titles. Osborne and the Cornhuskers won three of four from 1994-1997.
"I would hate to say one stretch is better than another," Osborne said. "I was probably a little too close to the situation to be able to analyze it objectively."
However, "because of the competition in the SEC, I've never seen the run that Bama's on right now," he said. "This machine is not slowing down."
Here's video of Saban's press conference the morning after his BCS title:
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