Time to change the tone of the discussion. Too much sniping and not enough celebrating.
From the Cullman Times:
Bama's Back Where it Belongs
PASADENA, Calif. — Rolando McClain spoiled the fun in the Georgia Dome. No liquids of any kind were to touch Nick Saban, per the Alabama junior linebacker.
McClain’s reasoning? Winning an Southeastern Conference title wasn’t this Alabama team’s goal.
Now, winning a 13th national championship, that’s something McClain said his Crimson Tide team would consider celebrating.
And celebrate they did.
With a nice, comfy two-score lead with less than a minute remaining on the clock, a group of Alabama players did what they wanted to do a month ago in the Georgia Dome, dumping a cooler of red Gatorade over Saban’s head.
Saban didn’t get mad, but did wish the players had chosen water.
“Gatorade is awfully sticky,” Saban said. “But I’m a whole lot happier getting the bath instead of not getting one.
“But as for not doing this after the SEC Championship, that says a lot about our team and the leadership on our team. For Rolando to not let anyone do that, that says a lot.”
Yes coach, it does.
That’s one of the main reasons why your team is national champions right now, just three years into your tenure at Alabama.
Since the beginning of the season, this Alabama team has been nothing but focused. And that level of maturity stems from the very top — starting with Saban.
The upperclassmen that have been with Saban for three seasons have taken on their coach’s process-driven, always-focused, business-like mentality, and now they’re passing it on down the line.
But that’s what Saban’s process is really all about. Building winners is what this coach does best, and he’s proving it once again at Alabama.
When Saban took over in 2007, the program was in shambles.
Now a few years later, it’s sitting on top of the college football world. And it looks like the Tide could be there for a while, too.
All signs point to sustained success for Alabama football.
The players have bought into Saban’s process.
The fans have bought into Saban’s process.
Everyone associated with Alabama football has bought into Saban’s process.
And now that it’s been proven that Saban’s process will produce championships, high-profile recruits from across the country are going to want to be a part of the process.
So welcome back, Alabama football. It’s starting to feel a whole lot like the glory days again.
But hey, with a coach like Saban in charge, that should be expected — just like those other national titles that are headed your way in a few years.