Nick Saban getting 'positive comments' on 60 Minutes profile

Anniston StarNovember 4, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While most Alabama fans' eyes were glued to the television, Nick Saban says he hasn't had the opportunity to watch his "60 Minutes" profile.

Saban said "we were obviously working last night until pretty late," but "we've had a lot of positive comments about the piece."

"I did get a favorable comment from Miss Terry, so that means it must have been OK," Saban said. "It really represents not me, but the program and the players in the program and the things we do as a program whether it's summer camp or whatever that we try to do the best we possibly can to help young players."

Saban was thankful for the opportunity and the exposure the piece provided the program.

"We certainly appreciate the opportunity and the time spent by 60 Minutes and their staff," Saban said. "Armen has always been very professional, first-class guy. One of the best in the business at what he does. Their whole crew was fantastic in terms of how they went about what they did. We've gotten a lot of positive comments but I can't give you a personal opinion because I haven't really seen it yet."

Rolando McClain profile

ESPN the Magazine recently published an article with in-depth look into the current state of former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain's life.

The piece details why, at 24, McClain retired from football and returned to Tuscaloosa. It also describes the relationship McClain has with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

While McClain's off the field issues are well documented, Saban said "we want to help him every way that we can."

"We want Ro to make good choices and decisions about what he does in the future," Saban said. "There's a guy that has a tremendous amount of potential and tremendous amount of leadership ability to affect other people. We want to help him every way that we can."

Saban said McClain has enrolled in school at Alabama and "we are encouraging him to graduate," but the football side of things will be left up to McClain.

"Whatever his choice is about what he wants to do with his football career in the future I think has got to be up to him," Saban said. "He's the guy that has to do the work to make that successful for him. His choices and decisions off the field, we certainly would hate any of our players to ever do anything that would affect their ability to be successful in the future."

McClain was the defensive star of Alabama's 2009 national championship team. He had 105 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss en route to winning the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker).

"He did a fantastic job for us here in terms of how he played, how he represented the university as well as the leadership he provided and affected and how he affected many people on our team," Saban said. "We certainly appreciate that."

Saban also said McClain stopped by and wished him happy birthday and that he "seemed to be doing well and we're hopeful he'll continue to do well in the future."

AJ McCarron up for O'Brien Award

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award on Monday.

The award is given to the nation's top quarterback. McCarron was a semifinalist last season, but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel took home the award in 2012.

Last week, McCarron was also named one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the collegiate player of the year.

McCarron has completed 145 of 209 (69.4 percent) passes for 1,862 yards and 16 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

He'll lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide into a showdown with LSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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