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This story was published on Nov. 13, 2015.
There are few constants in sports. The dominance of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The annual collapse of Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. The solid play of Tim Duncan. The low payroll of the Miami Marlins. The weird fetish that Nick Saban is destined to ditch Alabama for another NFL job.
Yep the rumors have returned after Pro Football Talk relayed a conversation had on Mad Dog Talk Radio that claimed that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may try to lure Saban away from the Crimson Tide.
Saban is without a doubt, the greatest coach in the college ranks right now (although Urban Meyer is not far behind) and is seemingly the desire of most NFL owners.
Bob Kravitz, a highly respected Indianapolis journalist said that he has heard that Irsay wants to make a big change at the head coaching position.
“Jim Irsay does not believe that Chuck Pagano is the guy who can take him to where he wants to go,” Kravitz said in the interview with Mad Dog Radio. “He’s talking about not just one Super Bowl, but multiple Super Bowls in the Andrew Luck era.”
Kravitz also said that Irsay would be willing to fire the Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson in order to offer Saban a high level of ultimate power over the team’s on the field product.
“Jim Irsay is going to make the next coaching hire,” Kravitz said in the radio interview. “If he brings in a guy who demands full power like say, a Nick Saban, who I think he’s going to go after, if he brings in a Nick Saban, he’s going to have full power and that means that Ryan Grigson will either be kicked to the curb or he’ll have a different role in the organization.”
Saban was an NFL head coach for two season with the Miami Dolphins where he posted a disappointing 15-17 record. His tenure was marked by a decision to take Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees, a decision that has had great impact on the NFL landscape.
Saban has been with Alabama since 2007 where he has won three national titles in six seasons and posted a 99-18 record.
Saban was also rumored to be considering going to coach the Texas Longhorns two seasons ago. He didn’t go even after seriously considering it– in part because the Alabama boosters helped make Saban the highest paid coach in all of college football. He now makes nearly $2 million more than the average NFL coach.
Alabama is currently ranked #2 in the college football playoff rankings and has control over their destiny to play in the SEC championship game. The Colts are 4-5 at the halfway point of the season.
For Saban at age 64, the real question is whether he wants to start over again especially at the pro level.
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By Curtric “Spiffy” Evans
Football has always been a huge part of my family. I’ve been playing the sport for as long as I can remember so it’s safe to say it’s been my life. I was blessed with the chance to play Division I football at Boston College.
Football gave me the chance to do what I loved and obtain a top-tier education in the process.
When I look back to the recruiting process that took place while I was in high school, it’s a bittersweet feeling.
By the time signing day rolled around in 2011 I had earned over 40 Division I scholarships to schools like Stanford, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee and even some Ivy Leagues.
With some many schools were inviting me to join their teams, it made high school interesting.
I recall receiving text messages throughout the days and nights from different coaches from all over the country trying to sway me to make their school my home for the next four to five years.
“Coaches change every year so to choose a school based on people is a big mistake.”
Tons of letters to both of my parents homes and even my grandmother’s house.
I have over 5,000 hand written letters from coaches that I saved to show my son one day.
The most memorable moment came when coach Tim Tyrell (the then coach at Chaminade- Madonna in Hollywood and a former player at Youngstown State) had Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel come to the school and speak with two of my teammates and myself.
A large part of my recruitment started from performing well at the Ohio State camp before my junior season, and that led to big opportunities later.
Competing against the top athletes in my class gave me a deep sense of perspective of my skill level and ultimately showed me I could play at the next level.
If I could do it over I would go to OSU being that they truly wanted the best for me.
Some advice I can offer for any high-school recruits, choose a school on how it best fits you not what they show you.
Coaches change every year so to choose a school based on people is a big mistake.
On your visits be sure to find out all the questions and your biggest advisors will be the guys already on the team.
Don’t shy away from leaving the state if you have a chance because going away definitely broaden my horizons.
And lastly, enjoy it. Once you sign you name and start summer workouts no more of the glamour that you thought would be waiting for you unless you work for it.
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Despite a Twitter storm and rumors circulating around the interwebs, LeBron James did not have a secret meeting with Miami Heat President Pat Riley last week.
One news website even ran with the rumors, using photoshopped Tweets from Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly as a source.
Kelly quickly came out and set the record straight about the Tweets:
Please look at the lengths people will go to trying to destroy my credibility. This is totally FAKE, but well done. pic.twitter.com/JyODF11MQs
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 10, 2016
— Josh Baumgard (@joshbaumgard) March 10, 2016
James had been in Miami for a few day mini-vacation last week to workout with his former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade and enjoy the warm weather.
Many people started speculating that the visit meant something a little more serious and that James could perhaps be planning on returning to play in South Florida.
“What do I go there for? Go there ’cause I want to,” James said in an interview last week according to ESPN. “I would love to go to L.A., but I’ll take 2½ [hour flight] over 4½. I’ve got a house in L.A., but it makes more sense for me to go south than go west. But I go because I want to.”
But the moral to this story yet again is to not believe everything that you read online.
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