Nick Saban knows it’s lonely at the top

Exactly one week to the minute after Nick Saban led his team on to the field at the Rose Bowl to meet the Texas Longhorns for the BCS national championship, I found myself chatting up the Alabama coach outside a crowded hotel ballroom in Houston.

He was in town as a finalist for the Bear Bryant Award (national coach of the year) and I expected to find him in a giddy mood.
I was wrong.
Now, I didn’t expect a goofy smile and one of those “I’m going to Disney World” statements we’ve come to expect from the MVP in a Super Bowl.
But I didn’t expect this either.

al.com
1/19/10