John Parker Wilson

Saban's willingness to innovate keeps Alabama ahead of the college football curve

Saban's willingness to innovate keeps Alabama ahead of the college football curve

Some coaches like to talk about their success, expounding on various strategies, telling the world exactly what they did right.

Nick Saban is not that type.

The Alabama coach stands atop his profession, leading his top-ranked team into the College Football Playoff championship game against No. 2 Clemson on Monday with a chance to tie Bear Bryant’s record of six national titles.

Asked recently about his approach to the job, he offered a modest reply.

“I haven’t really ever invented anything in this game,” he told reporters, adding: “Always just learned from really good people that had success.”

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