BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is a commentary from WBRC FOX6 Sports Anchor Rick Karle:
Have you had enough of "The Donald?" If so, I have bad news for you, as the presidential candidate is going to be heard from for quite some time. And if you like Donald Trump? I have good news for you as the presidential candidate is going to be heard from for quite some time.
But when and if Trump drops out of the race, if and when he decides to try something else in life, man, do I have the job for him: SEC football coach. As coaches nationwide are running their programs more like a business, why not have one of the world's great businessmen take over a major college team?
Trump doesn't need to know the difference between a blitz and a nickel package, he just needs to be, well, Donald Trump. And if Nick Saban opts to head to the lake in the next few years? I know who the Bama nation should call (and I'm only half kidding).
If there is any doubt that this man can run an SEC team, here's proof: The folks at Inc.com have published some of Trump's surprisingly brilliant quotes, and almost every one of them can pertain to a football team. Allow me to offer up my "Sweet Sixteen" of actual Donald Trump quotes, most of them dealing with business. I don't think Trump ever meant these statements to have anything to do with football, but man, you can just imagine him using these lines as a head coach:
On being a head coach: "Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser."
On his coaching philosophy: "Leaders take responsibility for the success of the team and understand that they must also take responsibility for the failure."
"Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know."
On dealing with losses: "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war."
On daily practices: "I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is."
On media distractions: "Don't get sidetracked. If you do get sidetracked, get back on track as soon as possible. Ultimately sidetracking kills you."
On hiring assistant coaches: "I choose my teachers carefully, very carefully. I am extremely cautious of the people with whom I spend my time and to whom I listen."
On his philosophy with assistant coaches: "I don't hire a lot of number-crunchers, and I don't trust fancy marketing surveys. I do my own surveys and draw my own conclusions."
On his annual salary: "Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game."
On scheduling games: "In a lot of ways it is easier to do things on a large scale. It is easier to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than it is to buy a bungalow in the Bronx. For one thing, it takes just as much time to close a big deal as it does to close a small deal. You will endure as much stress and aggravation; you will have all the same headaches and problems."
On his competitiveness: "Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive"
On being a creative as a coach: "The point is that if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you."
On hard work: "Get going. Move forward. Aim high. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here."
On media scrutiny: "Criticism is easier to take when you realize that the only people who aren't criticized are those who don't take risks."
On reaching out to other coaches for feedback: "Entrepreneurs are always taking feedback, especially from their customers, bankers, workers, and sales force. Without straightforward feedback, entrepreneurs cannot make sound decisions."
On the grind of coaching: "Do not spend too much time planning or trying to anticipate and solve problems before they happen. That is just another kind of excuse for procrastination. Until you start, you won't know where the problems will occur. You won't have the experience to solve them. Instead, get into action, and solve the problems as they arise."
Who knows what SEC school might have an opening after this season? But if Nick Saban were to call it a career? Why not Donald Trump taking over in Tuscaloosa? He would make Saban look like a Teddy Bear. He'd say goodbye to under-performing assistants by yelling, "You're fired!"
And he'd have a wall built between Tuscaloosa and Auburn and make the Tigers pay for it. Seriously, this man can run any business going, and what better business to run than the business of Alabama football? Nick Saban followed by Donald Trump in Tuscaloosa? OK, it's time to get back to reality, but in case you have Trump's cell number and want to plant the seed...