In November 30, 2013, Alabama Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide were on the wrong end of one of college football’s most iconic plays of all time. With the Iron Bowl tied at 28 with 1 second left — Saban lobbed and received a second run after review, TJ Yeldon confirmed he was out of bounds before the clock hit triple zero. Adam Griffiths’ 57-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation fell short. Auburn Defensive Chris Davis. Davis dribbled down the left lane as time expired to give Auburn a 34-28 win, the SEC West title and end Alabama’s quest for a three-peat to become the BCS national champion.
Saban’s reaction as he walked off the field was brutal. As 87,451 fans packed into Jordan-Hare Stadium, he was in shock. “Those emotions boiled over in tears in the locker room,” he said.Nick Saban’s Leadership Secrets” A new book by AL.com senior sports editor John Taliti was released Tuesday.
“You walk in and everybody’s crying. 50 percent crying, 50 percent tearing up,” former Alabama running back Krishan Jones said in the book. “Coach Saban was in tears — he could barely talk.
The funeral ended in a 45-31 loss in the Sugar Bowl Oklahoma. It was an evolutionary phase of Saban’s program.
The 2013 Auburn team was led by quarterback Nick Marshall and then-first-year coach Gus Malzahn. Saban, a staunch opponent of the offense at the time, went out and hired Len Kiffin to run a similar system after the Sugar Bowl. This comes with current Arkansas coach Brett Bielema supporting a proposal that would have prevented teams from snapping balls up to 10 seconds into the game clock.
It was another example of one of the coaching principles that Saban lives by: Don’t waste failure. The Crimson Tide went on to win the next three SEC championships, winning the 2015 national title and the 2017 championship despite missing the SEC West title.
That principle was instilled in the Crimson Tide during Saban’s first year at Alabama. According to the book, an unnamed defensive lineman stood up in the locker room and unleashed an expletive-filled tirade about the Warhawks’ lack of focus, slacking off in film room and staying up too late during game week.
But this was not enough for Saban.
In the locker room, he said, “That’s a great speech, but it’s about three days too late. You should have had the courage to say it when you saw this on Tuesday or Wednesday. Anyone can say it after they say it. Fact.”
The Tide lost the final game of the regular season, but went on a 13-game winning streak to establish the foundation of an Alabama dynasty.
In the year In 2000, team captain Antoine Caldwell said in his book, “When things got out of line, he reacted immediately.” “There was nothing after the fact or let things slide; we would talk things out immediately. And it makes a world of difference. When you draw a line in the sand, it permeates the team.”
Saban’s tear after the 2013 Steel Bowl was a turning point. Renaissance. A pillar of the program that showed Saban accepting the fall, adjusting to the new era, and then laying the foundation for a program that didn’t falter on the field after that 109-yard heartbreak.