The soon-to-market book "Saban: The Making of a Coach" sure sounds interesting, based on what's leaked.
It's more interesting to plug the book's reported content into current events and try to figure Saban's state of mind at age 63 -- 43 years beyond his start as a graduate assistant at Kent State and 20 years beyond his collegiate head-coaching break at Michigan State in 1995.
If the unauthorized biography is right, then Forbes' Monte Burke has given hardliners reason to moderate on Saban's repeated denials then departure from the Miami Dolphins in 2006. The book indicates Saban had all but made up his mind to stay in Miami, but wife Terry Saban had other ideas.
More interesting is reported detailing of the Saban camp's flirtations Texas boosters in 2013. Agent Jimmy Sexton is said to have told prominent Texas boosters that Saban felt more like "a turnaround artist than a long-term CEO."
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Saban, Sexton is said to have told Texas boosters, prefers rebuilding a program to maintaining one.
That's not a new take on Saban. It's a widely held view of him and seems confirmed by the fact that he stayed nowhere longer than five years before Alabama.
New in the book is that take on Saban apparently being confirmed by Sexton and used, one presumes, to relay the coach's curiosity about the Texas' job.
It also tracks Saban's coaching message, which plays better within a program that's fallen on hard times than one used to winning. As Saban himself has said, it's just human nature to stray from ultimate focus on process and smell the roses.
It's also human nature for fans to let external expectations explode, once success is restored. Exploding expectations make heavier the burden of what Saban already demands of those under his charge.
Saban lectured fans as early as 2010, his fourth season at Alabama. Following a loss at LSU, he talked about people around the program becoming too result-oriented instead of process-oriented.
Sexton's reported flirtation with Texas in 2013 came at a time when Terry Saban had made statements about Alabama fans not appreciating success enough.
Just last season, Saban had to retrain a young team on how to enjoy playing amid crushing expectations. It took a loss at Ole Miss, near-miss at Arkansas and his rant over a room full of reporters to set that team back on course for the inaugural College Football Playoff.
As of Alabama's semifinal loss to Ohio State, Saban stands two seasons removed from his last national title.
He has spent this offseason coming off as unhappy about the state of college football in general:
--Triggered by cost-of-attendance scholarships and new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh going there on satellite camps, Saban called for a level playing field.
--Saban doesn't like that prevalent pace offenses won't let him manage defense in the NFL way. No time to sub in specialized players and play situational football.
--The playoff sucks oxygen away from bowls.
Meanwhile, 70-year-old Steve Spurrier had a public comeapart Wednesday. One of the SEC's greatest coaches ranted about "enemies" who see him and South Carolina's program as descending.
Surely, Saban doesn't want to end up in that place.
It all raises a question of how far off Saban's retirement might be.
Amid Texas chatter in the November of 2013, I wrote that I have a hard time seeing Saban as a 10-year coach at any one place. It's no knock at him or Alabama. To borrow a Sabanism, he is what he is.
His flame burns brightly but quickly. He seems happiest in places where his message most resonates, and those places tend to be rebuilding programs.
Then again, he has said he's "too damn old to start over somewhere else."
He's entering his ninth season at Alabama, past the time I thought he'd need change. He's under contract through 2022 and averaging $6.9 million a year over the life of his current deal.
No doubt, he wants to go out on top.
As things stand, I believe Saban when he says Alabama is his last job, but for how much longer? I'm still not convinced he'll make his 15th SEC Media Days appearance (10th representing Alabama) a year from now.
If he does, then I don't see him making many more.
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