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Saban turned to Yankees' Mo for motivation

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08:06 AM ET 01.07 | Perhaps the game's greatest closer will inspire more than merely the Yankees and their fans. When Nick Saban wanted to make sure Alabama was focused for Monday's title game, he had his players watch a tape of Mariano Rivera. "He talked about how he struggled at some time ... because he was trying to be a perfectionist, and when he's in the bullpen, he sees the crowd, he hears the crowd, he knows sometimes he's getting a lot of positive self gratification from what he does and sometimes he gets a lot of negative self gratification ... ," Saban said Sunday. "But when he runs out and they hand him the ball, he's got one focus: he's not worried about the crowd, he's not worried about any of their external factors. One focus: Three outs; how am I going to three outs."

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January 7, 2013  08:51 AM ET

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January 7, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Saban is a clown.............Go Irish.

January 7, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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Saban is a clown.............Go Irish.

I don't have a lot of respect for the guy, but he is a good coach. A damn good coach - just don't personally like him.....

January 7, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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I don't have a lot of respect for the guy, but he is a good coach. A damn good coach - just don't personally like him.....

yeah, he is a good coach, but hopefully not tonight.

January 7, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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Saban is a clown.............Go Irish.

Hope the Irish win - not going to watch though.... no interest at all......

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January 7, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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I don't have a lot of respect for the guy, but he is a good coach. A damn good coach - just don't personally like him.....

You are in good company. Nobody likes that guy as a person.

January 7, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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You are in good company. Nobody likes that guy as a person.

He's the Bill Belichick of college football. A comparison I believe he strives for.

Maybe he'll come out in a hoodie with the sleeves cut off tonight

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January 7, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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You are in good company. Nobody likes that guy as a person.

The way he left LSU was despicable. How can you trust someone that handled that situation the way he handled it.

January 7, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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The way he left LSU was despicable. How can you trust someone that handled that situation the way he handled it.

College football is a cesspool. He's not the only coach to behave that way. Lane Kiffin comes to mind.

January 7, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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College football is a cesspool. He's not the only coach to behave that way. Lane Kiffin comes to mind.

I agree. Big money has corrupted that game all the way back into the 50's.... In the name of "Pride". Several have made jumps that just stinks of money grubbing, lying malconents.

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January 7, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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I agree. Big money has corrupted that game all the way back into the 50's.... In the name of "Pride". Several have made jumps that just stinks of money grubbing, lying malconents.

The players are no better, the way they play the system.

January 7, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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The players are no better, the way they play the system.

No doubt.... but - it's about national exposure for getting into the next level. With all the big money out there....

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January 7, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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No doubt.... but - it's about national exposure for getting into the next level. With all the big money out there....

I think it's more about what can I get now from those friendly boosters.

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