Sugar Bowl notebook: Saban enjoys a look at the media side of football
by Marq Burnett
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Nick Saban during Wednesday morning's Sugar Bowl news conference. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Nick Saban during Wednesday morning's Sugar Bowl news conference. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
NEW ORLEANS -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has always had a love/hate relationship with reporters, but during his Wednesday Sugar Bowl news conference, Saban revealed that he secretly wants to be a part of the media.

“You all have your beliefs and I certainly respect your beliefs, in terms of how you think things should be done,” Saban said, jokingly. “All of a sudden, I get to get on the other side and I get to say how I think things should be done and get an opportunity to be just like you, which is really what I’ve always wanted to be.”

Saban will be an as analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay for the BCS National Championship Game. Saban’s was also on the show for SEC Championship Game coverage.

“It’s really good exposure for our program to be able to be involved in some of those kinds of things and actually be able to have an opportunity to express your beliefs,” Saban said.

Stoops on Mosley

What more can be said about Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley that hasn’t already been said?

A two-time first-team All-American and one of only three Alabama players to win the Butkus Award, Mosley will go down as one of the best defensive players in Crimson Tide history. On Wednesday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops called Mosley a “perfect football player.”

“I think C.J. Mosley is as fine a football player as I’ve seen in my time here at Oklahoma in 15 years, and that’s the truth,” Stoops said. “Just an absolute perfect football player when you look at the physical abilities he has and competitive nature. He just plays so hard and the talent and the physical, how physical he is. There’s times I marvel at it.”

Saban’s New Years resolution

Like players deciding on whether to enter the NFL draft early, Alabama coach Nick Saban is waiting until after the bowl game to reveal his New Years resolution. Saban said his biggest goal is sticking with whatever resolution he sets for the entire year.

“I think that when you get in this and you’re in bowl preparation or any game week, you sort of forget the day of the week relative to the rest of the world, and it’s really all about what you’re doing on that particular day to prepare for the game,” Saban said. “So I really didn’t make any, but I plan to. And I’m hopeful that I’ll have enough discipline to see it through. For a whole year.”
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