Saban already looking ahead to next season

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban holds up the 2010 BCS national championship trophy (WBRC photo)
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban holds up the 2010 BCS national championship trophy (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Alabama head football coach Nick Saban admits he doesn't dwell much in celebrating the past.

Saban talked with reporters Friday morning after defeating Texas in the BCS National Championship game Thursday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.  Saban said he didn't do much of anything last night.

"I didn't do much of anything, really. Sat in the room and some of the family and the friends that we had at the game stopped by. And that's celebration enough for me. Again, it was the joy of everyone else that sort of makes you feel good."

Saban said he is always thinking ahead to what needs to happen next.

"Every success brings a new set of problems," Saban said. "Every success brings a new set of issues, attitude of next year's team, development of the players for next year, issues that you have from a staff standpoint or player standpoint, personnel standpoint, recruiting standpoint. You know, there's really no time to sort of let your guard down because every success brings a new set of issues for everyone. And being able to manage that is what allows you to be successful with more consistency."

Saban said he knows he may also have to look for new assistant coaches who may be offered jobs elsewhere.

I'm always happy and interested for our coaches to be able to advance professionally, especially if it's a professional advancement in terms of a guy being a coordinator who can go be a head coach in a situation where he has a chance to be successful. I think not to have that philosophy and attitude for your coaching staff, that's what they work hard for. That's what they want to do. That's what they try to do, and that's what we would like to help them do.

"I'm not pleased when guys make lateral moves because it's a little bit human nature to think, like my dad used to say, the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank. (Laughter.) You always think it's better someplace else. You kind of let your ego get involved, and you make moves that you shouldn't make that really aren't in your best interest from a career standpoint."

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