At its best, a major college athletic department is about synergy.
Photo by Gymtide.com This 2011 shot may be a cardboard cut-out of Nick Saban.
When you compete against the Goliaths of your sport in all sports, teams at a school need to be helping the other teams. All for one, one for all. (Add here whatever other cheesy, motivational slogan about togetherness that you can think of.)
Being the head coach of a perennial championship program brings an even added burden of giving back. Call it a rub, call it osmosis, call it the "magic touch," but if you're a championship coach, the other coaches at your school will and should want to tap into whatever strand of DNA it is that allows you to compete at such a high level.
Nick Saban knows this. I think. I'm pretty sure he knows this.More »