Saban: successful, wildly popular – like Bear in some ways, different in others

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban works the room, shaking hands with crimson-clad fans, posing for pictures and chatting amiably about Cajun food.
It’s mix-and-mingle time for Saban and Alabama’s fans, otherwise known as the commercial breaks during his weekly radio show. Sometimes aloof and always intense, Saban smiles, cracks jokes and is frequently interrupted by loud applause from the 200 or so fans packed into the local wing joint on that recent Thursday evening.

Saban pauses at one table for a friendly chat and a fan asks him about Boudin, a Cajun sausage stuffed with pork and rice that the coach favours.