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08:13 AM ET 12.19 | Even if there are some Crimson Tide fans fretting over Nick Saban, at least one important player in the mix isn't. Alabama athletic director Mal Moore can look back on his conversations with [Saban] and feel good about keeping the three-time national championship-winning coach with the Crimson Tide even as rumored NFL opportunities arise. Moore knows how Saban views the pro game and doesn't believe it's a place he'll return without a drastic change of heart. "He's expressed to me on several occasions ... that he's happy here," Moore said. "He feels very comfortable, and I believe him." Moore once was in a similar circumstance, jumping from the college ranks to become an NFL assistant with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986.

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December 19, 2012  08:20 AM ET

How about a new pic of Nick? Looks like he should be selling used cars.

December 19, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Cleveland lock :-)

December 19, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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Cleveland lock :-)

I like the sound of that.

I am hoping Haslam comes through on this one.

December 19, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Cleveland lock :-)

Nickey's "process" doesn't work as well in the pros. Seems that damn draft gets in the way and tends to more equitably distribute talent than college recruiting does.

December 19, 2012  09:10 AM ET

It's funny that our rivals are now openly hoping Coach Saban goes away. Sorry fellas, he's not.

December 19, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Nickey's "process" doesn't work as well in the pros. Seems that damn draft gets in the way and tends to more equitably distribute talent than college recruiting does.

Jason Taylor stated on Dan Lebatard exactly what I said about a week ago. You have to have a good QB in the NFL and trying to develop one or get one from the draft, "Well", he said, "Good luck with that."

He then went on to say, that Coach Saban can recruit good QBs (for college, obviously) every year.

Yes, it is easier in college in that sense.

December 19, 2012  09:16 AM ET

We're number 1.

December 19, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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We're number 1.

That only matters after the last game has been played.

December 19, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Jason Taylor stated on Dan Lebatard exactly what I said about a week ago. You have to have a good QB in the NFL and trying to develop one or get one from the draft, "Well", he said, "Good luck with that."He then went on to say, that Coach Saban can recruit good QBs (for college, obviously) every year.Yes, it is easier in college in that sense.

and Saban seems to be more interested in game manager type QB's. Highly efficient, not reckless with the ball, kinda guys who aren't going to win or lose the game for you typically.

December 19, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

How about a new pic of Nick? Looks like he should be selling used cars.

He has bagmen to sell the cars, he is just playing his best 70's **** role with the suit!

December 19, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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and Saban seems to be more interested in game manager type QB's. Highly efficient, not reckless with the ball, kinda guys who aren't going to win or lose the game for you typically.

Well... if you put too many of your eggs in the QB basket in college, you end up with what happened to USC. We try to run a very balanced game plan. If that makes the QB a game manager, then so be it.

You can hardly go wrong with right at a 50/50 split between running and passing yards. It certainly has worked pretty well for us for the last 5 years.

December 19, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Well... if you put too many of your eggs in the QB basket in college, you end up with what happened to USC. We try to run a very balanced game plan. If that makes the QB a game manager, then so be it. You can hardly go wrong with right at a 50/50 split between running and passing yards. It certainly has worked pretty well for us for the last 5 years.

I completely agree.

December 19, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Well... if you put too many of your eggs in the QB basket in college, you end up with what happened to USC. We try to run a very balanced game plan. If that makes the QB a game manager, then so be it. You can hardly go wrong with right at a 50/50 split between running and passing yards. It certainly has worked pretty well for us for the last 5 years.

JK, very good point, but remember it's not Bama's offense that makes them so damn good, it's their defense!!!!

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December 19, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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JK, very good point, but remember it's not Bama's offense that makes them so damn good, it's their defense!!!!

Not this year. Bama's offense is the better unit IMO.

December 19, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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It's funny that our rivals are now openly hoping Coach Saban goes away. Sorry fellas, he's not.

If UTk had Saban and was pounding Bama's azzzzz yearly you'd be saying the same thing with every rumor.

December 19, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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I'm with you on this one, JK. Nicky's getting too old for a drastic career move again. He's made his bones in Tuscaloosa, and his legacy is secure. Heck, He's even got a statue of himself outside Bryant-Denny stadium. What more could a HC ask?

UF has a statue of an opposing coach outside it's stadium. That has to be a first.

December 19, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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If UTk had Saban and was pounding Bama's azzzzz yearly you'd be saying the same thing with every rumor.

Exactly right.

December 19, 2012  10:23 AM ET

No great loss if he quits---- he never was one for keeping academic standards anyway....

 
December 19, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Not this year. Bama's offense is the better unit IMO.

Actually you just might have a good point there. If you go back to the Texas A&M game, Johnny and the Aggies burned Bama for over 400 total yards. That is why I'm taking Notre Dame and the 10 points.

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