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What if Nick Saban ran the state of Alabama?

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08:18 AM ET 03.14 | What if "The Process" extended well beyond the Crimson Tide? Alabama may be the reigning king of college football, but the state is a perennial cellar-dweller in obesity, poverty, infant mortality, overall health, math and science instruction, city crime, functional government and ... enough already. It's a corner blitz of bad stats, and still the Alabama Legislature bickers over conspiracy theories, partisan agendas, secret deals and dirty tricks. ... It makes you wonder. What if Nick Saban really ran the state? He'd spank the quarterback when he chose the wrong target. He would demand better when times are good, and rally the troops when the troops are down. He would make some changes.

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March 14, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Seriously? Football coaches seldom make great AD's, let alone Govenors. Unless the writer of this article is calling for an absolute dictatorship, I doubt most successful head coaches possess the political skills of compromise and persuasion needed to govern effectivly.

March 14, 2013  08:26 AM ET

it would still be Alabama..........

March 14, 2013  08:32 AM ET

100 years of a certain party's rule has truly ruined the state of Alabama.

March 14, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Saban as Governor....

March 14, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Seriously? Football coaches seldom make great AD's, let alone Govenors. Unless the writer of this article is calling for an absolute dictatorship, I doubt most successful head coaches possess the political skills of compromise and persuasion needed to govern effectivly.

I'd rather have Saban than ours.

March 14, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

it would still be Alabama..........

LAMO...that's good right there Hillbilly.

March 14, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.

March 14, 2013  09:13 AM ET

"Oh Alabama, the devil fools with the best laid plan,
Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders that's breaking your back.
Your Cadillac, has got a wheel in the ditch and a wheel on the track.
You got the rest of the Union to help you along,,
Whats going wrong?!"

March 14, 2013  09:19 AM ET

We have our AD, a man universally respected throughout the college athletic world, in the hospital in pretty bad shape. He has worked at Notre Dame and no one has ever had a bad thing to say about him, and this is what they decide to focus on.

Go, S.I., Go.

March 14, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Seriously? Football coaches seldom make great AD's, let alone Govenors. Unless the writer of this article is calling for an absolute dictatorship, I doubt most successful head coaches possess the political skills of compromise and persuasion needed to govern effectivly.

Coach Tom Osborne made for a great AD and was a big favorite out there in Nebraska's corn fed republican 3rd district.

March 14, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Wait, I though Sir Charles Barkley was gonna be Da Guv of Alabama?

WTFjj?!?

March 14, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

We have our AD, a man universally respected throughout the college athletic world, in the hospital in pretty bad shape. He has worked at Notre Dame and no one has ever had a bad thing to say about him, and this is what they decide to focus on. Go, S.I., Go.

I see SI says the problems "aren't that bad". Sounds like to me on local news that that is not quite the story.

March 14, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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We have our AD, a man universally respected throughout the college athletic world, in the hospital in pretty bad shape. He has worked at Notre Dame and no one has ever had a bad thing to say about him, and this is what they decide to focus on. Go, S.I., Go.

I hadn't heard Mal was sick, sorry to hear it. Is it really bad?

March 14, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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I hadn't heard Mal was sick, sorry to hear it. Is it really bad?

Sounds pretty serious here. They say he has some serious heart issues. They said he was flown to Duke Medical Center (Don't know its actual name).

March 14, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd rather have Saban than ours.

Not to govern the state. I think the subject title is ridiculous.

March 14, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Sounds pretty serious here. They say he has some serious heart issues. They said he was flown to Duke Medical Center (Don't know its actual name).

Duke is a top medical facility.

March 14, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Wait, I though Sir Charles Barkley was gonna be Da Guv of Alabama? WTFjj?!?

Barkley makes Ventura and Schwarzenegger look like Einstein.

March 14, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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Coach Tom Osborne made for a great AD and was a big favorite out there in Nebraska's corn fed republican 3rd district.

Osborne looks like Clint Eastwood. Saban looks like Kevin Spacey.

March 14, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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Not to govern the state. I think the subject title is ridiculous.

Ever hear of Rick Perry brotha?

 
March 14, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

We have our AD, a man universally respected throughout the college athletic world, in the hospital in pretty bad shape. He has worked at Notre Dame and no one has ever had a bad thing to say about him, and this is what they decide to focus on. Go, S.I., Go.

In spite of our frequent "jabs" about ND and Alabama you are "spot on" about Mal Moore. He is respected and admired greatly on both sides of the Mason Dixon line. Godspeed for a speedy recovery Mal...

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