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All Quotes by author - Nick Saban
" All I know is that if we play well, we control our own destiny in terms of what we do. "
" As a coach, when it comes to football players, we're trying to change their behavior and make them better. As people, we're trying to change their behavior and make them better. "
" Bill Belichick was probably the most organized coach that I've ever been involved with. "
" College football is the only game in the country, of any kind, that the college game is longer than the pro game. "
" Everybody thinks when I say a guy is a good game manager, that's a negative, but I think it's a real positive. You have the ball in your hand every time when you're a quarterback. Whether you're handing it off or throwing to somebody, I think that's extremely important. "
" First of all, you've got to have a vision of 'What kind of program do I want to have?' Then you've got to have a plan to implement it. Then you've got to set the example that you want, develop the principles and values that are important, and get people to buy into it. "
" George Perles at Michigan State was the first coach that gave me responsibility as far as being a coordinator. I learned a lot from that experience. "
" Golf is a great example to me. Golf is a metaphor of life. I mean, every shot. You have this beautiful hole, this beautiful opportunity to get a good score. "
" Honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character. "
" I always ask myself the question, do you like to win, or do you hate to lose? "
" I certainly like to win. But I really hate to lose. So when you think about that, you're always motivated to, 'I don't want to lose the next game. I don't want to lose the next game.' "
" I don't believe you name a starter until the starter wins the team. "
" I don't control what people say. I don't control what people put on dot-com or anything else. "
" I don't ever want the players to relax in a game. "
" I don't know how many times I've been 114 yards from the hole and made double bogey. Well, I hit a great drive, but it doesn't matter. It's only the next shot that matters. "
" I don't know if I'm different from everybody else, but there's really only two things to me that are really, really important - recruiting good players in the program and developing those players once they get here. "
" I don't know that there's any particular scientific evidence that you could say, more guys get hurt in this offense versus that one, or hurry-up, or whatever, but everything that we've ever done in the NCAA is about exposure. How many exposures does a player get? "
" I don't think I'm complicated at all. I'm not political, and I'm not trying to be diplomatic. I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, and I don't say bad things about people. There is no agenda. There's no trying to fool somebody. "
" I don't try to sensationalize anybody. I'm not trying to entertain. I'm trying to give information and give access to me and tell about our program. "
" I don't Twitter. I don't text for those very reasons. I don't want anything to be misinterpreted. I would encourage our guys not to do that. "
" I don't want people to think I'm not happy when we win - I am. But there's a difference between being happy for the feeling of accomplishing something and being overjoyed and feeling, 'This is it - we conquered the world.' We didn't. We just won a game. "
" I enjoyed the NFL. I respected the players. It was a great opportunity to learn a lot of things, but the challenges were a little different, and it didn't seem that you could control your own destiny, especially in terms of how you could bring players to the team. "
" I feel like I've been very blessed to have some great mentors through the years, starting with Don James, who was my college coach, who really inspired me to want to be a coach, which is not something that I really had in mind. "
" If I say I like one person, that means everybody that voted for the other person doesn't like me. So, why would I do that? "
" If I were a high school coach, I would put my best players on offense. The best athletes on my team, I would give them the ball and score points. I wouldn't play them on defense. I would play them where they can get the ball and score points. "
" If we'd had Drew Brees, I might still be in Miami. "
" If you're a coach, you're a teacher. "
" I guess I'm motivated by the fear of failure to some degree and knowing what can happen when you don't do things the way you need to do them to have success. "
" I just want everybody to know that I'm opposed to an unauthorized biography on anybody. "
" I loved it at LSU. "
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