Saban Shines on 60 Minutes

Saban Shines on 60 Minutes

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To call Nick Saban a perfectionist, is a major understatement. But, demanding perfection is what makes him arguably the best college football coach in the nation.

"We create a standard of how we want to do things, and everybody has to buy into that standard or you really can't have any team chemistry. Mediocre people don't like high achievers and high achievers don't like mediocre people," said Saban during a 60 Minutes interview.

An obvious high achiever, Saban created a plan called "the process" where he encourages the team not to focus on the numbers on the scoreboard. Instead, play the game, as perfectly as you can.

"It really is the simple way to do it. It's the best way to do it," says Saban.

For his players, it's the only way to play the game.

"It's a way of life around here. It's the way we play the game. It's the thought process behind everything," says Mobile's A.J. McCarron.

Saban's work ethic started at age 11, when he began working for his father at a service station in West Virginia. Perfection and attention to detail runs in the family.

"If we washed a car and it was not done exactly perfectly correctly he'd say 'wash it again.'"

That attention to detail has made the head coach one of the most valuable people on Alabama's campus, raking in a yearly pay check of over $5.5 million.

An investment chancellor Dr. Robert Whitt is proud of.

"Nick Saban is the best financial investment this university has ever made. We have returned the investment many-fold," says Whitt.

Not one to stay put with a program for more than five years, with seven seasons under his belt at Alabama and three national championships, there's really no reason to leave.

"There's not the University of Mars which is a better place, there's not that. So, now its easy to be comfortable here."

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